Sarishabari Upazila (Jamalpur district) with an area of 263.48 sq km, is surrounded by Madarganj and Jamalpur Sadar upazilas on the north, Bhuapur upazila on the south, Gopalpur and Madhupur upazilas on the east, Sariakandi, Kazipur and Sirajganj Sadar upazilas on the west.
Main rivers are Jamuna, Jhinai and Shishua; depressions 11 most noted of which are Kathakhal, Taltala and Hasba beels.
Sarishabari (Town) a municipal town, consists of 9 wards and 35 mahallas. The area of town is 23.60 sq km. The town has a population of 52639; male 51.42%, female 48.58%. Population density per sq km is 2230. Literacy rate among the town people is 35.9%.
Administration Sarishabari thana, now an upazila, was established in 1960. The upazila consists of one municipality, 9 wards, 8 union parishads, 138 mouzas and 179 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Five domed Raspal Jami Mosque (nineteenth century), Narapara Fort (sixteenth century). Marks of war of liberation Mass grave: Muktijoddha Samsad compound, Aramnagar, Outer Signal, Shaicharpara, Kandharpara, Checheabadha, Pingna Shahi Mosque, Parpara.
Population 289106; male 51.66%, female 48.34%; Muslim 96.56%, Hindu 3.11%, Christian 0.16%, Buddhist 0.03% and others 0.14%; ethnic GARO and HAJONG 108 families.
Religious institutions Mosque 530, temple 12.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 24.1%; male 29.5% and female 18.7%.
Educational institutions: college 7, secondary school 36, madrasa 27, government primary school 85 and non-government primary school 54; noted old educational institutions: Pingna Madrasa (Emperor Shahjahan's period), Pingna English High School (1896), Balaridia Primary School (1869), Sarishabari Nidmani High school (1920), Pogaldia Primary School (1890).
Cultural organisations Rural club 65, cinema hall 2, theatre group 1, women's organisation 4, playground 17.
Main occupations Agriculture 46.88%, agricultural labourer 20.56%, wage labourer 2.64%, commerce 10.59%, service 7.64% and others 11.69%.
Land use Total cultivable land 18161.88 hectares, fallow land 4441.52 hectares.
Land control Among the peasants, 26.30% are landless, 27.12% marginal, 34.68% small, 10.36% intermediate and 1.54% rich.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is Tk 8000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, sugarcane, mustard seed, sweet potato, betel leaf, ground nut, chilli, turmeric and vegetables. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Linseed, sesame, china and kaun.
Main fruits Mango, betel nut, coconut, banana and papaya. Fisheries, dairies, poultries Dairy 5, cattle breeding centre 4, poultry 15, hatchery 3.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 80 km, semi pucca 75 km and mud road 300 km; railways 17 km; waterways 16 nautical mile.
Traditional transport Palanquin and dhuli which are now either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Jute mill 3, fertiliser factory 1, welding 40.
Cottage industries Weaving 1067, blacksmiths 52, potteries 64, goldsmith 48, bamboo and cane work 146, tailoring 130, wood worker 130, jute and cotton 8.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 8, fairs 3, most noted are Aramnagar, Boira and Pingna.
Main exports Jute, rice, chilli, mustard seed, fertiliser, milk and jute goods.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac ASA, Grameen Bank, CARE, Caritas, BureauTangail , DANIDA and SDS.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, satellite clinic 3, family planning centre 8.