Dacope Upazila (Khulna district) with an area of 99158 sq km, is surrounded by Batiaghata upazila on the north,Pashur river on the south, Rampal and Mongla upazilas on the east, Paikghacha and Koyra upazilas on the west.
Main rivers are Pasur, Sibsa, Manki, Bhadra. The southern part of this upazila is surrounded by Sundarban (11790.13 hectors).
Dacope (Town) consists of one mouza with an area of 22 sq km. It has a population of 16552; male 52.31%, female 47.69%. The density of population is 752 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 42.2%.
Administration Dacope thana was established in 1913 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. It consists of 10 union parishads, 26 mouzas, 107 villages. Marks of War of Liberation Mass killing site: 1 (Bazua High School courtyard); Monument: Smriti Amlan (in front of the upazila parisad building).
Population 143131; male 52.25%, female 47.75%; Muslim 37%, Hindu 61%, Christian 1%, ethnic and others 1%.
Religious institutions Mosque 72, temple 137, church 11, pilgrimage 2.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 37.6%; male 47.8% and female 26.4%.
Educational institutions: college 4, high school 31, government primary school 51, non-government primary school 56, madrasa 4.
Noted educational institutions: Sreenagar M E High School (1817), Bazua Union High School (1920), Chalna government K C Primary School (1947), Dacope Sahaber Abad High School (1947) and Bazua government Primary School (1947).
Cultural organisations Club 40, public library 2, theatre group 1, opera party 1, women's organisation 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 46.95%, fishing 2.38%, piciculture 2%, agricultural labourer 17.26%, wage labourer 4.84%, commerce 9.48%, service 3.44%, others 13.65%.
Land use Total cultivable land 28544.4 hectares; single crop 92.92%, double crop 7.08%.
Land control Among the peasants 20% are landless, 30% small, 35% intermediate, 15% rich; cultivable land per head 0.19 hectare.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is 2500 Taka per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, potato, onion, garlic.
Extinct or nearly extinct crops Jute, sesame, aus and boro paddy.
Main fruits coconut, guava, sofeda, plum.
Fisheries, dairies, poultries fishery 1565, golda prawn 65, bagda 1500, poultry 154.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 11 km, semi pucca 43 km, mud road 307 km; waterways 57 nautical mile.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), bullock cart and horse carriage (nearly extinct), and boat.
Manufactories Fish processing factory 2, Sugar mill 1, Rice mill 5, Salt production centre 1.
Cottage industries Bamboo and cane work 10, iron mill 32, goldsmith 45.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars 8, most noted is Chalna hat.
Main exports Frozen prawn and scorpion.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are BRAC, Proshika, World Vision, Gonoshahajjo Sangstha, HEED Bangladesh, Step, Prodipon.
Health centres Hospital 1, Family welfare centre 3, Health and Family Planning Centre 5, Maternity and Child Health Cente 1. Local delicacy Honey of Sundarban.