Bochaganj Upazila (Dinajpur district) with an area of 224.81 sq km is surrounded by Birganj and Pirganj upazilas on the north, Biral upazila on the south, Birganj, Kaharole and Biral upazilas on the east, and Pirganj upazila on the west.
Tangon is the main river.
Bochaganj (Town) consists of 3 mouzas. Its area is 9.21 sq km. It has a population of 20477; male 52.68%, female 47.32%; density of population is 2223 per sq km. The literacy rate among the town people is 41.9%. It has 2 dakbungalows.
Administration Bochaganj thana was established in 1915 and was turned into an upazila in 1984. It consists of 6 union parishads, 144 mouzas and 146 villages. Historical events During the War of Liberation in 1971 an encounter was held between the freedom fighters and the Pakistan army at Maherpur Hat. The Pak army burnt to ashes a number of nearby villages.
Marks of War of Liberation Mass grave and mass killing site: Bhabaldighi and Chatoil.
Population 135376; male 51.77% and female 48.23%; Muslim 60.24%, Hindu 37.75%, Christian 0.49% and others 1.52%.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 30.2%; male 39.3%, female 20.4%. Educational institutions: college 3, high school 35, junior school 8, government primary school 53, private primary school 21, madrasa 18, vocational institute 1.
Locally published newspapers and periodicals Weekly Tulai.
Cultural organisations Club 46, cinema hall 2 and public library 4.
Main occupations Agriculture 48.41%, agricultural labourer 28.31%, wage labourer 2.61%, industry 1.1%, commerce 7.28%, service 5.94%, others 6.35%. Land use Cultivable land 22498.58 hectares; fallow land 4619.6 hectares; single crop 54.56%, double crop 35.47% and treble crop 10.37%.
Land control Among the peasants 28% are landless, 44% small, 24% medium, 4% rich.
Value of land Market value of land of first grade is about Tk 5500 per 0.01 hectare.
Main agricultural crops Paddy, jute, oil seed, sugarcane, potato and pulses. Extinct and nearly extinct crops Aush paddy
Main fruits Mango, banana, jackfruit, blackberry. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Poultry 77, fishery 4, dairy 20.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 69 km, semi pucca 12 km and mud road 423 km and railway 16 km.
Traditional Transport Palanquin (extinct), bullock cart and horse carriage (nearly extinct), boat .
Manufactories Notable manufactories are the Abdul Latif Husking Mills and the sugar mill at Setabganj.
Cottage Industries Goldsmith 23, blacksmith 81, potteries 10 and weaver 10.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of Hats and bazars are 28; fair 1 (Setabganj Mela).
Main exports Paddy, rice, jute, potato, gunny bags and sugar.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, Caritas, Grameen Bank, CARE, Samaj Pragati Parishad, Community Development Association, Bangladesh Juba Oikya Kalyan Sangstha.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, union health and family planning centre 5 and satellite clinic 1.