Hizla Upazila (Barisal district) with an area of 515.36 sq km, is surrounded by Gosairhat and Haimchar upazilas on the north, Mehendiganj upazila on the south, Raipura upazila on the east, Muladi upazila on the west.
Main rivers are Lower Meghna, Jayanti, Naiya, Bhanga and Azimpur.
Hizla (Town) consists of 2 mouzas. The area of the town is 7.58 sq km. It has a population of 10047; male 52.64% and female 47.36%. Literacy rate among the town people is 38.7%. The town has one dakbungalow.
Administration Hizla thana was established in 1911 and was turned into an upazila in 1983. It consists of 6 union parishads, 139 mouzas and 105 villages.
Population 166265; male 53%, female 47%; Muslim 98%, Hindu 2%.
Literacy rate and education institutions Average literacy 27.4%; male 32.3% and female 22.5%.
Educational institutions: college 1, high school 11, junior school 5, government primary school 59, non-government primary school 29, madrasa 41.
Religious institutions Mosque 320, temple 12.
Cultural organisations Club 14, public library 1, cinema hall 1, women's organisation 2, playground 10.
Newspaper Hizla Upazila Barta.
Main occupations Agriculture 49.5%, agricultural labourer 25.17%, wage labourer 1.81%, commerce 7.09%, service 3.76%, fishing 6.18% and others 6.49%.
Land use Cultivable land 5155.8 hectares; single crop 25%, double crop 75%. Cultivable land under irrigation 75%.
Land control Among the peasants 50% are landless, 25% small, 20% intermediate and 5% rich; cultivable land per head 0.05 hectare.
Land value Market value of land of the first grade is approximately 5000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, sugarcane, chilli, turmeric, potato, betel leaf. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Suryamukhi, mug, kaun, china.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, banana, black berry, coconut, litchi, palm, kul, papaya, betel nut, amra. Fisheries, dairies and poultries Poultry 30, dairy 20, fishery 4.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 2 km, semi pucca 30 km and mud road 120 km; waterways 108 nautical mile.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), bullock cart (nearly extinct) and boat.
Cottage industries Hogla making, bamboo work, fishing net making, jute handicraft, date molasses processing, shital pati making.
Hats, bazars and fairs Total number of hats and bazars are 35, most noted of which are Dhanu Sikder Hat, Taker Hat, Akata Bazar, Charkiller Hat.
Main exports Paddy, shrimp, shital pati, betel nut, betel leaf, amra.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Grameen Bank, Bastahara Kalyan Samity, Disha, Alor Disha.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 3, satellite clinic 1.