Faridpur Upazila ( Pabna district) with an area of 145.47 sq km, is surrounded by Ullahpara and Bhangura upazilas on the north, Atgharia and Santhia upazilas on the south, Shajadpur upazila on the east, Bhangura and Chatmahar upazilas on the west.
Main rivers are Baral, Gumani and Chiknai; noted depression Kenai Pathar Beel.
Faridpur (Town) consists of 9 wards and 15 mahallas. The area of the town is 9.5 sq km. The town has a population of 11899; male 51.03%, female 48.97%. The density of population is 1253 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 34.5%.
Administration Faridpur thana, now an upazila, was established in 1869. The upazila consists of one municipality, nine wards, six union parishads, 59 mouzas and 88 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Palace of Banamali Roy, Mandir of Thakur Shambhu Chand Malla at Chithulia. Historical events Faridpur is said to have been named after the sufi saint Hazrat Shah Farid (R). Shambhu Chand Malla (1789-1872, a Hindu saint) spread 'Guru Satya Dharma' in this upazila. Baju Sarkar and Chhalu Sarkar (two brothers) of Village Nagdemra led and organised the peasant revolt in 1872.
Marks of the War of Liberation Mass killing site 2 (Kalikapur and Demra).
Population 111464; male 51.44%, female 48.56%; Muslim 93.74%, Hindu 6.03%, Christian 0.06%, Buddhist 0.06% and others 0.11%.
Religious institutions Mosque 148, temple 30, tomb 1 and sacred place 1, most noted of which Par Faridpur Jami Mosque, tomb of Hazrat Shah Farid (R), Ashram of Thakur Shambhu Chand at Chithulia.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 26.3%; male 31.7% and female 20.6%.
Educational institutions: college 4, high school 11, secondary school 1, madrasa 66, government primary school 48, non-government primary school 53, satellite school 3, community school 1, kindergarten 4.
Noted educational institution: Banwari Nagar CB Pilot High School (1912). Locally published newspapers and periodicals Weekly Faridpur Barta.
Cultural organisations Club 60, public library 1, mosque library 17, cinema hall 3, voluntary organisation 54, theatre group 1, theatre stage 1.
Main occupations Agriculture 43.47%, agricultural labourer 23.75%, wage labourer 3.32%, commerce 10.98%, service 4.46%, fishing 2.67%, weaving 2.73% and others 8.62%.
Land use Total cultivable land 9350.47 hectares; fallow land 507.08 hectares; single crop 28.44%, double crop 70.46% and treble crop land 1.10%.
Land control Among the peasants 23.47% are landless, 21.93% marginal, 21.05% small, 26.14% medium and 7.41% rich; cultivable land per head 0.08 hectare.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 6500 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat and varieties of pulse. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Indigo, kaun and mesta jute.
Main fruits Mango, black berry and papaya. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Dairy 158, poultry 25, fishery 12 and hatchery 1.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 7 km, semi pucca 18 km, mud road 300 km; waterways 15 nautical mile; railways 16 km; railway station 3.
Traditional transport Palanquin and dhuli. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Ice factory 2, Oil mill 5. Cottage industries Weaving 597, bamboo and cane work 3, blacksmith 8, goldsmith 20, potteries 10, wood work 13.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 12, most noted of which is Bhauani Nagar Hat; fairs 3, most noted is Thakur Shambhu Chand Ashram Mela. Main exports Dry fish and milk.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are RDRS, ASA, BRAC, Proshika CARE, , Samata, Urban and TSP.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 6.