Taraganj Upazila (Rangpur district) with an area of 128.68 sq km, is surrounded by Kishoreganj upazila (Nilphamari) on the north, Badarganj upazila on the south, Rangpur Sadar upazila on the east, Saidpur upazila on the west.
Main rivers are Jamuneshwari and Bullai; noted depressions are Pater Pukur, Hatkhopa, Binnakuri, Sayar and Charliar beels.
Taraganj (Town) consists of 2 mouzas. The area of the town is 11.46 sq km. The town has a population of 11599; male 52.67%, female 47.33%. The density population is1000 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 29.8%.
Administration Taraganj thana, now an upazila, was established in 1980. The upazila consists of 5 union parishads, 40 mouzas and 41 villages.
Archaeological heritage and relics Four-domed Taraganj Mosque.
Historical events During the War of Liberation the Pak army bombed on the Barati Bridge over the river Jamuneshwari. Twelve persons were killed when the Pak army set the neighbouring villages on fire.
Population 105393; male 51.48%, female 48.52%; Muslim 86.57%, Hindu 13.36% and others 0.07%.
Religious institutions Mosque 50, temple 20, place of pilgrimage 1.
Literacy and educational institutions Average literacy 23.3%; male 31.5% and female 14.6%.
Educational institutions: college 4, high school 12, madrasa 5, government primary school 20, non-government primary school 12.
Noted educational institutions: Taraganj School (1962), Kazipara School (1965), Kashiabari School (1967) and Taraganj Degree College (1972).
Cultural organisations Club 18, public library 1, cinema hall 1, theatre group 1, auditorium 1, playground 15.
Main occupations Agriculture 48.9%, agricultural labourer 31.47%, wage labourer 2.30%, commerce 8.05%, service 2.44% and others 6.84%.
Land control Among the peasants, 20% are landless, 50% small, 20% intermediate and 10% rich.
Value of land The market value of the land of the first grade is approximately Tk 6200 per 0.01 hectare.
Main crops Paddy, jute, wheat, potato, ginger, onion, garlic, turmeric, brinjal, chilli, sugarcane, tobacco and vegetables. Extinct or nearly extinct crops Sesame, barley, sweet potato, mustard seed, kaun, pulses.
Main fruits Mango, jackfruit, black berry, papaya, litchi, banana. Fisheries, poultries Fishery 20, poultry 35.
Communication facilities Roads: pucca 40 km, semi pucca 10 km and mud road 445 km.
Traditional transport PALANQUIN, horse carriage and bullock cart. These means of transport are either extinct or nearly extinct.
Manufactories Cold storage 1, ice factory 5, saw mill 5, rice mill 20, match factory 1, silk industry 1 and welding 12.
Cottage industries Bamboo work 300, goldsmith 17, blacksmith 30, potteries 200, tailoring 100, wood work 125.
Hats, bazars and fairs Hats and bazars are 10, most noted of which are Taraganj, Akarchali, Burir Hat, Chikli; fairs 2 (Taraganj and Barati Mela).
Main exports Paddy, jute, potato, onion, garlic, ginger turmeric, tobacco.
NGO activities Operationally important NGOs are Brac, ASA, TMSS.
Health centres Upazila health complex 1, family planning centre 5, satellite clinic 1.