Jhalokati is a district in South-western Bangladesh. It is a part of the Barisal Division. With an area of 758.06 sq km, Jhalokati is bounded by Barisal district to the north and east, Barguna district and the Bishkhali river tn the south, and Pirojpur district to the west. Main rivers in this district are Bishkhali, Sugandha, Dhansiri, Gabkhan, Jangalia and Basanda.
Administration: Jhalokati subdivision was established in 1972 and was turned into a district in 1984. It consists of 2 municipalities, 18 wards, 4 upazilas, 32 union parishads, 400 mouzas, 66 mahallas and 449 villages. The upazilas are JHALOKATI SADAR, KATHALIA, NALCHITY and RAJAPUR.
Jhalokati (Town): a municipal (1875) town, consists of 9 wards and 47 mahallas. The area of the town is 6.37 sq km. The town has a population of 45095; male 53.11%, female 46.89%; density of population is 7079 per sq km. Literacy rate among the town people is 67.5%. Annual average temperatures: maximum 33.3°C, minimum 12.1°C; annual rainfall 2506 mm.
Archaeological heritage and relics: Birth palace of Sher-E Bangla A. K. Fazlul Huq, Land lord Prasonno Kumar's Palace remants, Old Municipal Building.
Due to navigation facilities of Gabkhan River , the area attracted the Europeans; the East India Company, the Dutch and the French established their trade centres in phases. Because of its commercial importance Jhalokati was called the 'second Kolkata'.
Religious Institutions: Mosque 1697, temple 307, church 2, tomb 4.
"Newspapers: The Daily Shatakantha, The Daily Jhalokathi Barta.
Literacy and Educational Institutions: Average literacy 51.2%; male 55.9% and female 46.5%. Educational institutions: college 23, high school 167, junior school 3, madrasa 159, government primary school 339, non-government primary school 68, kindergarten1.
"Main Occupations: Agriculture 40.07%, agricultural labourer 15.68%, wage labourer 4.66%, commerce 12.43%, service 11.03%, fishing 1.1%, transport 1.86%, construction 1.75% and others 11.42%.
Land use: Total cultivable land 112388 hectares; single crop 45.08%, double crop 38.09% and triple crop 16.83%; cultivable land under irrigation 40%.
Jhalokathi At a Glance
Area: 735km2
Upazila Road: 224.8 km
Union Road: 298.85Km
Village Road: 1703.58Km VA
2252.05Km VB
Population: 694090
Density: 1005.75Km2
Literacy: 65.74% (2001)
No. of Upazila: 4
No. of Union: 32
No. of Pourashava: 2
No. of Primary School: 526
No. of High School: 157
No. of College: 18
Procurment, Jhalokathi