Akkelpur Upazila (Joypurhat district) with an area of 139.47 sq km is surrounded by Joypurhat Sadar and Khetlal upazilas on the north, Dupchachia upazila on the east, Adamdighi upazila on the south and badal Ghachi and Naogaon Sadar upazila on the west.
Main river is Tulsiganga.
Akkelpur Town is now a municipality with an area of 1.07 sq km and population 22012; male 51.18%, female 48.82%. It has 9 wards and 13 mahallas. The literacy rate among the town people is 57.7%. The town has one dakbungalow.
Administration Akkelpur thana, now an upazila, was established in 1972. It consists of 5 unions, 117 mouzas and 159 villages.
Archaeological relics and monuments Remnants of Zamindar Bari (Ramshala), temple of Sri Sri Gopinath Jieu (Gopinathpur, built in c.15th century).
Historical events During the War of Liberation, Freedom Fighter Khokan along with his 15 compatriots were captured by local Razakars and Al-Bdar at village Kanupur. The Razakars killed one of the freedom fighters and the others were handed over to the Pakistani army stationed at Akkelpur. The Pak army killed all the freedom fighters and put the dead bodies in a mass grave in the Amatta village.
Marks of War of Liberation Martyr's Memorial 1, mass graves 3.
Population 126046; male 52.9%, female 47.1%. Muslim 91.46%, Hindu 8%, ethnic nationals and others 0.54%.
Religious institutions Mosques 331, temple 16, shrine 2.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 34%; male 41% and female 25.9%.
Educational institutions: college 5, secondary school 18, government primary school 53, non-government primary school 19, madrasa 15.
Noted educational institutions: Sonamukhi Bilateral High School (1916), Akkelpur F U Pilot High School (1948), Jamalganj Multilateral High School (1944).
Cultural organisations Club 56, public library 1, drama group 2, cinema hall 2, literary society 1, women's organisation 3.
Main occupations Agriculture 51.02%, agricultural labourer 20.5%, commerce 13.16%, non-agricultural labourer 1.42%, service 4.26%, others 9.64%. Land use Cultivable land 11089 hectares, Follow land 2870 hectares; single crop 8%, double crops 64% and treble crops 28%.
Land control Among the peasants 30% are landless, 38% small, 22% intermediate and 10% rich; land per head 0.09 hectare.
Value of land The market value of first grade land is 6000 Taka per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, mustard seed, potato, brinjal, garlic, patal, onion and vegetables. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, sesame and kaun.
Main Fruits Mango, jackfruit, litchi, banana, papaya and palmyra. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Fisheries 321, dairy farm 18, poultry farm 52 and hatchery 3.
Communication facilities Roads pucca road 30 km, semi-pucca road 10 km, mud road 141 km; waterways 32 km, Railway 21 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin, horse carriage and bullock carts are almost extinct and nearly extinct.
Cottage industries Weaving 600, bamboo works 57, goldsmiths 48, woodworks 52, sewing 275, blacksmiths 20, potteries 40.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 17, most notable are the hats of Akkelpur, Jamalganj, Gopinathpur, Tilakpur and Raikali Sonamukhi. Fairs 3, Dolpurnima Fair at Gopinathpur, Rukindipur Fair and the Durga Puja Fair at Akkelpur.
Main exports Jute, banana, onion and garlic.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, ASA, TMSS, Ashraya (local), , Srijani Sangha.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning clinic 5 and union health centre 2.