Banaripara Upazila (Barisal district) with an area of 134.32 sq km, is surrounded by Wazirpur upazila on the north, Nesarabad upazila on the south, Wazirpur and Jhalokhati Sadar upazilas on the east, Nazirpur upazila on the west.
Main rivers are Sandha, Swarupkati. Jhanihania and Bisarkandi Khals (canals) are notable.
Banaripara (Town) The town is now a municipality with an area of the town is 4.77 sq km and population 9206; male 53.63.8%, female 46.37%. It has 9 wards and 16 mahallas. Literacy rate among the town people is 65.56%. It has one dakbungalow.
Administration Banaripara thana was established in 1913 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. It consists of one municipality, 11 union parishads, 87 mouzas and 77 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Two Swathidaha Maths, a copper
Manasa Bigraga weighing 3.5 maunds, six feet high Bigraha at
Narattampur (200 years old).
Historical events During the War of Liberation the Pak army killed many innocent people of village Gava.
Marks of the War of Liberation Memorial 1.
Population 143825; male 51%, female 49%; Muslim 82.55%; Hindu 16.75% and others 0.7%.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 46%; male 51.1%, female 49%.
Educational institutions: government college 1, non-government college 2, high school 27, government primary school 80, non-government primary school 41, madrasa 59, deaf school 1, commercial school 1.
Noted educational institutions: Government Fazlul Huq College (1940), Banaripara Union Institute (1889), Nalasree Government Primary School (1910).
Religious institutions Mosque 265, temple 20, church 3, sacred place1, noted of which are Banaripara Jami Mosque, Binod Bihari Mandir.
Cultural organisations Club 28, public library 1, cinema hall 1, circus party 1, theatre group 1, literary society 1, Nazrul Academy 1, playground 12.
Main occupations Agriculture 27.28%, agricultural labourer 18.54%, wage labourer 4.78%, commerce 25.51%, service 7.91%, fishing 1.87%, transport 1.47%, construction 1.29%, others 11.35%.
Land use Cultivable land 9983.81 hectares, fallow land 3247.33 hectares; single crop 59%, double crop 29% and treble crop land 12%.
Cultivable land under irrigation 55%.
Land control Among the peasants 29% are landless, 38% small, 9% rich.
Land value Market value of land of the first grade is about 7000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, wheat, potato, brinjal, radish. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Jute, mustard.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, black berry, amra, coconut, litchi, guava, papaya.
Fisheries, dairies and poultries Poultry 140, dairy 30, fishery 60.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 23 km, semi pucca 39 km and mud road 427 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), Gaina and Pansi boat. Manufactories Rice mill 168, flour mill 6, ice factory 5, saw mill 8, pulse mill 6.
Cottage industries Goldsmith 35, blacksmith 70, potteries 20, wood work 125, tailoring 215.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 18, fair 3, most noted of which are Ziar Hat, Awaer Hat, Daser Hat, Huq Shaheber Hat, Rayer Hat, Chaumahana Hat, Suryamoni Mela.
Main exports Banana, guava and amra.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, ASA, Caritas, Care, Proshika, Grameen Bank , RDO, SDP, Jatiya Seba Sangstha.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, hospital 1, family planning centre 5, union satellite clinic 2, child health centre 1.