Chatkhil Upazila (Noakhali district) with an area of 130.89 sq km, is surrounded by Laksham and Shahrasti upazilas on the north, Laksmipur Sadar upazila on the south, Begumganj upazila on the east and Ramganj upazila on the west.
Chatkhil (Town) The town is now a municipality with an area of 6.07 sq. km and population 28817; male 48.45%, female 51.55%. It has 9 wards and 18 mahallas. Literacy rate among the town people is 54.8%.
Administration Chatkhil thana was established in 1977 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. The upazila consists of 9 union parishads, 113 mouzas and 136 villages.
Population 194185; male 48.43%, female 51.57%; Muslim 96.23%, Hindu 3.75% and others 0.02%.
Religious institutions Mosque 288, temple 12, most noted of which is Chatkhil Bazar Mosque.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 51.9%; male 55.2% and female 49.4%.
Educational institutions: government college 1, non-government college 2, government high school 2, non-government high school 27, madrasa 15, government primary school 98, non-government primary school 35.
Cultural organisations Club 14, cinema hall 1, playground 12.
Main occupations Agriculture 23.08%, agricultural labourer 16.07%, wage labourer 2.6%, commerce 13.6%, service 25.5%, transport 2.97%, construction 1.37% and others 14.81%.
Land use Total cultivable land 9702.14 hectares; fallow land 1250.10 hectares; cultivable land under irrigation 82%.
Land control Among the peasants 32.29% are landless, 28% small, 27% intermediate and 12.7% rich; cultivable land per head 0.5 hectare.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is approximately 14000 Taka per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, potato, oil seed, brinjal, sugarcane, varieties of pulses, betelleaf, chilli. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, sesame, sweet potato, mustard seed, aus and aman paddy.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, guava, coconut, papaya, date, betel nut. Poultries 8.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 164 km, semi pucca 68 km and mud road 235 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage and bullock cart (nearly extinct) and boat.
Manufactories Rice mill 56, flour and chilli mill 30, ice factory 5.
Cottage industries Weaving 157, brasswork 48, blacksmith 73, potteries 52, bamboo and cane work 215, jute and cotton work 33.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 61, most noted of which are Chatkhil Bazar, Panch Gaon, Dashgharia and Khil Para; fair 1, Chaitra Sankranti Mela.
Main exports Rice, coconut, betel nut, betel leaf, banana.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, ASA CARE, CARITAS.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 9.