Shibchar Upazila (Madaripur district) with an area of 321.88 sq km, is surrounded by Lohajanj, Sreenagar and Sadarpur upazilas on the north, Rajoir and Madaripur Sadar upazilas on the south, Zanjira upazila on the east, Bhanga pazila on the west.
Main rivers are Padma, Arial Khan and Mainakata; depressions 12, noted of which are Padma Beel, Mirzar Char Beel, Hashemdi Beel and Keshabpur Beel.
Shibchar (Town) consists of 9 wards and 14 mahallas. The area of the town is 11.2 sq km. It has a population of 20201; male 50.12%, female 48.88%; density of population is 1804 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 43.5%.
Administration Shibchar thana was established in 1930 and was turn into an upazila in 1983. It consists of 18 union parishads, 467 villages and 108 mouzas.
Archaeological relics Panchar Math and residence of Rashubabu at Guatala.
Population 306082; male 51.46%, female 48.54%; Muslim 95.32%, Hindu 4.12%, others 0.56%.
Religion institutions Mosque 1256, temple 25, mausoleum 1.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literary 29.6%; male 34.1%, female 19.4%.
Educational institutions: college 4, high school 25, junior high school 6, government primary school 118, non-government primary school 57, satellite school 2, community school 11, madrasa 79.
Noted educational institutions: Barhamganj Government College (1964), Nandakumar Institution (1910), Bahadurpur Shariatia Alia Madrasa, Dattapara TN Academy, Bharashan GC Academy, Bhandarikandi AM High School, Panchcr High School, Takerhat High School, Utrail High School, Khankandi Syed Ashraf Ali High School, Utrail High School, etc.
Cultural organisations Rural club 28, officers' club 1, press club 1, public library 1, Shilpakala Academy 1, cinema hall 4, auditorium 1, community centre 15, co operative society 212.
Main occupations Agriculture 47.74%, agricultural labourer 23.98%, wage labourer 2.49%, commerce 9.33%, transport 1.3%, service 3.94%, others 11.22%.
Land use Total cultivable land 23963 hectares, fallow land 100 hectares; single crop 28.97%, double crop 66.55% and triple crop land 4.48%.
Land control Among the peasants, 34% are landless, 28% small, 22% intermediate and 16% rich; cultivable land per head 0.085 hectare.
Value of land Market value of land of the first grade is Tk 6000 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Rice jute, wheat, sugarcane, onion, garlic, betel leaf, ground nut. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Kaun, arahar (pulse), china, til, meti, flax fibre.
Main fruits Mango, blackberry, tamarind, banana. Fisheries, dairies and poultries Dairy 17, poultry 64, artificial cattle breeding centre 1.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 47.37 km, semi pucca 47.50 km and mud road 340 km.
Traditional transport Palanquin (extinct), horse carriage, bullock cart and goina boat (nearly extinct) and country boat.
Manufactories 42 including rice mill, flour mill, oil mill, bakery, welding and sawmill.
Cottage industries Weaving, goldsmith, blacksmith, potteries, bamboo & cane work and tailoring.
Main hats and bazars Hats and bazars are 29, most noted of which are Borhamganj Bazar, Utrail, Madbarer Char, Chanderchar, (Umedpur), Sheikhpur, Panchchar, Dattapara.
Main exports Jute, ground nut, pulse, onion, garlic, betel leaf and mustard.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are ASA, CARE, BRAC, Christian Aid, Gana Unnayan Prachesta, Janasahajug Sangstha (Goatala).