Natore Sadar Upazila (Natore district) with an area of 401.29 sq km, is surrounded by Atrai and Baghmara upazilas on the north, Baghatipara and Baraigram upazilas on the south,Singra and Gurudaspus upazila on the east and Puthia and Bagmara upazilas on the west. River 4, of which Nandakuja and Baranal are notable; beel 4.
Natore (Town) consists of 9 wards and 33 mahallas. Natore municipality was established in 1869 but was transformed into Town Committee in 1959; municipality was again established in 1993. The area of the town is 15.05 sq km. The town has a population of 72615; male 51.57%, female 48.43%; density of population is 4825.
Administration Natore thana was established in 1793 and it was turned into an upazila in 1984. It consists of one municipality, 9 wards, 12 union parishads, 256 mouzas and 310 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Natore Rajbari and Dighapatia Rajbari (Uttara Ganabhaban).
Historical events Indigo resistance movements were held in this upazila during 1859 to 1860.
Marks of the War of Liberation Mass grave 1. Population 369136; male 51.65%, female 48.35%; Muslim 89.83%, Hindu 9.68% and others 0.49%; ethnic nationals: Santal, Buno (about 4353 population).
Religious institutions Mosque 566, temple 46, church 3. Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 31.2%; male 37.5% and female 24.4%.
Educational institutions: college 7, high school 53, junior school 12, government primary school 94, non-government primary school 76, madrasa 29.
Cultural organisations Club 20, public library 1, cinema hall 4, theatre group 6, theatre stage 1, opera party 9, literary society 1, women's organisation 5.
Locally published newspapers and periodicals Dainik Uttar Bangabarta, Dainik Uttarpath, weekly Natore Barta.
Main occupations Agriculture 38.01%, agricultural labourer 24.23%, wage labourer 2.69%, commerce 13.05%, service 7.93%, transport 2.94% and others 11.15%.
Land use Total cultivable land 29925 hectares; fallow land 9736 hectares; single crop 40%, double crop 50% and treble crop 10%.
Cultivable land under irrigation 64%. Land control Among the peasants 27% are landless, 47% small, 21% intermediate and 5% rich.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is approximately Tk. 5000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, wheat, sugarcane, jute, turmeric, ginger, patal, etc. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Aus and aman paddy.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana and litchi. Communication facilities Roads: pucca 41 km, semi pucca and mud road 371; railways 25.25 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage, bullock cart, buffalo cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Total 43, most noted of which is Natore Sugar Mill. Cottage industries 1447, most noted gold, copper and brass works.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars is 31, fair 7, most noted of which are Tebaria Hat and Kali Puja Mela.
Main exports Sugar, wheat and vegetables.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, CARE, Grameen Bank, ITCL, TMSS and Samaj Unnayan Karma Sangstha.
Health centres District hospital 2, upazila health complex 1, union health centre 12.