Bandarban Sadar Upazila (Bandarban district) with an area of 501.99 sq km is surrounded by Rajasthali upazila on the north, Lama upazila on the south, Rowangchhari and Ruma upazilas on the east, Rangunia,Chandnaish, Satkania and Lohagara upazilas on the west.
Most part of the upazila
is covered with hill ranges. There are a few rivers and fountains.
Shankha (Sangu) is the main river of the upazila.
Bandarban (Town) The area of Bandarban municipality is 51.80 sq km. It has a population of 31806; male 60.22%, female 39.78%. It has 10 wards and 62 mahallas. There are 2 dakbungalows. Literacy rate among the town people is 56.8%.
Administration Bandarban thana was established in 1923 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. It consists of 8 union parishads, 63 mouzas and 199 villages. Marks of War of Liberation Memorial 1.
Population 49711; male 56.07%, female 43.93%. Muslim 39.32%, Buddhist 47.1%, Hindu 7%, Christian 4.3% and others 2.28%.
Ethnic nationals: Marma, Murang, Tanchangya,Bawm, Khyang, Tripura and Lushei.
Literacy and educational Institutions Average literacy 34.5%; male 43.6%, female 22.4%.
Locally published newspapers and periodicals Dailies: Jug Rabi and Natun Bangladesh; periodical: Sangu.
Cultural organisations Public library 1, cinema hall 1, Shishu Academy 1, Shilpakala Academy 1, tribal organisation 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 49.65%, agricultural labourer 24.67%, wage labourer 13.08%, commerce 3.65%, service 2.95%, others 6%.
Main crops Paddy, sesame, cotton, turmeric, ginger and vegetables.
Main fruits Banana, pineapple, papya.
Cottage industries Weaving, cane and bamboo works.
Main hats and bazars Main hats and bazars are Swalak and Balaghata; notable fair Punnya Mela of the Bomang Raja.
Main exports Banana, bamboo, ginger, turmeric, tribal dresses.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are CCDB, Caritas.
Health centre Bandarban Sadar hospital.