Ishwarganj Upazila (Mymensingh district) with an area of 286.19 sq km, is surrounded by Gauripur upazila on the north, Nandail upazila on the south, Kendua upazila on the east, Trisal on the west.
Main rivers are old Bramaputra, Mogha, Soai and Kanchamatia; noted depressions are Kaila, Dalia, Sinni, Diga and Katla beels.
Ishwarganj (Town) a municipal town, consists of 9 wards and 10 mahallas. The area of the town is 13.02 sq km. It has a population of 25108; male 51.75%, female 48.25%. The density of population is 1928 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 41.2%; male 29.09%, female 16.04%.
Administration Ishwarganj thana, now an upazila, was established in 1936. The upazila consists of one municipality, 11 union parishads, 293 mouzas, 296 villages.
Historical events On 16 October 1971 Muktijoddha Shamsu, Anwar, Mannan, Taher, Motiur, Abdul Khaleque and Hatem Ali were killed in an encounter with the Pakistan army. Ishwarganj was liberated on 9 December 1971.
Religious institutions Mosque 343, temple 18. Most noted mosques are Bushsoma mosque (1600), Notuapara mosque (1625).
Population 306977; male 50.80%, female 49.20%. Muslim 95.08%, Hindu 4.15%, Buddhist 0.19%, Christian 0.19% and others 0.48%.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 22.2%; male 27.9%, female 16.4%.
Educational institutions: college 6, high school 21, government primary school 92, non-government primary school 14. Noted educational institutions: Atharabari Mahim Chandra High School (1910), Charanikala High School (1913), Baleshwai High School (1916), Charanikala Primary School (1913), Bishwari Primary School (1916).
Locally published newspapers and periodicals Extinct: Weekly Kanchamatia, Monthly Uttaran.
Cultural organisations Club 21, public library 1, cinema hall 2, playground 15.
Main occupations Agriculture 57.66%, forestry and fishing 1.49%, agricultural labourer 19.3%, wage labourer 2.56%, commerce 6.56%, service 2.81%, others 9.62%
Land use Cultivable land 27981.79 hectares; single crop 8.28%, double crop 81.53% and treble crop land 10.19%.
Land control Among the peasants 13.52% are landless, 25.51% marginal, 43.88% small, 14.72% intermediate and 2.37% rich.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 5000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, potato, karalla, patal, chilly, mustard seed, sugarcane and betel leaf. Extinct and nearly extinct crops Local variety of rice, khesari and kalai.
Main fruits Jackfruit, mango, banana, jam, coconut, palm, jamrul and litchi.
Fisheries, dairies, poultries Fishery 1, dairy 19, poultry 43 and hatchery and nursery 60.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 24 km, semi pucca 10 km and mud road 555 km.
Traditional transport Bullock cart and horse carriage. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Flour mill 63, Boiler 9.
Cottage industries Weaving 64, goldsmith 48, blacksmith 62, potteries 60, wood work 225, tailoring 232, bamboo work 151 and welding 53.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are Ishwarganj, Uchakhila, Lakshmiganj, Sohagi, Madhupur, Atharabari, Katia, Kumaruli, Maijbagh, Sutia, Ghalbasa; fairs: 3, most noted Zhulun Mela.
Main exports Paddy, jute, wheat, potato, banana. NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are BRAC. ASA, GRAMEEN BANK, CARITAS, AND SDS FOUNDATION.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, satellite clinic 9 and family planning centre 6.