Barisal District, officially spelled Barishal District from April 2018,[4] is a district in south-central Bangladesh, formerly called Bakerganj district, established in 1797.[5] Its headquarters are in the city of Barisal, which is also the headquarters of Barisal Division.[6]

Barisal District
বরিশাল জেলা
Barishal District
From top: City skyline, Guthia Mosque, Durga Sagar lake, Oxford Mission Church, Brojomohun College, Bell's Park aka Bangabandhu Udyan, Kasba Mosque, Paddle steamer at Kirtonkhola River port, Satlar Bil, Manasa Mandir of Bijoy Gupta and Ulania Zamnindar Bari Mosque.
Location of Barisal District in Bangladesh
Location of Barisal District in Bangladesh
Expandable map of Barisal District
Coordinates: 22°48′N 90°22′E / 22.80°N 90.37°E / 22.80; 90.37
Country Bangladesh
Bakerganj District1797
 • Deputy CommissionerS.M. Ajior Rahman
 • District Council ChairmanMd. Moidul Islam[1]
 • Chief Executive OfficerMd. Monik-har Rahman
 • Total2,784.52 km2 (1,075.11 sq mi)
 • Total2,570,446
 • Density920/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+06:00 (BST)
Postal code
HDI (2018)0.672[3]
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Barisal District traces its origins to Bakerganj district which was established in 1797. It was placed in Barisal Division on 1 January 1993.[5]



Notable educational institutions in Barisal include


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1974 1,648,068—    
1981 1,965,950+2.55%
1991 2,207,426+1.17%
2001 2,355,967+0.65%
2011 2,324,310−0.14%
2022 2,570,446+0.92%

At the 2022 Census, Barisal District had 629,626 households and a population of 2,570,446. 475,192 (18.49%) were under 10 years of age. The population density was 923 people per km2. Barisal district had a literacy rate (age 7 and over) of 79.85%, compared to the national average of 74.80%, and a sex ratio of 1047 females per 1000 males. 30.23% of the population lived in urban areas.[2]


Religions in Barisal district (2022)[2]
Religion Percent
Other or not stated
Religion in present-day Barisal district[a]
Religion Population (1941)[8]: 100–101  Percentage (1941) Population (2022)[2] Percentage (2022)
Islam   724,289 66.17% 2,283,658 88.84%
Hinduism   361,602 33.04% 275,258 10.71%
Christianity   8,536 0.78% 11,138 0.43%
Others [b] 173 0.02% 392 0.02%
Total Population 1,094,600 100% 2,570,446 100%

Islam is the predominant religion in the district with a large Hindu population. Historically, the Barisal region has seen one of the highest concentration of Hindus since the area had been part of the British Raj, through the rule of East Pakistan and subsequently after the independence of Bangladesh. However, since Partition Hindus have been fleeing the district in large numbers. Among the 10 upazilas of the district, the Agailjhara Upazila has the highest percentage share of Hindus at 42 per cent, while the Muladi Upazila has the lowest at just 1.8 per cent, according to the 2011 Bangladesh census.

Overall, minority populations have seen a steep drop in their share of the total population, as well as a fall in their absolute numbers in Barisal district. The trend is similar to other districts in the wider Barisal division.



Barisal District is divided into the following Upazilas (formerly called Thanas):

  1. Agailjhara Upazila
  2. Babuganj Upazila
  3. Bakerganj Upazila
  4. Banaripara Upazila
  5. Barisal Sadar Upazila
  6. Gournadi Upazila
  7. Hizla Upazila
  8. Mehendiganj Upazila
  9. Muladi Upazila
  10. Wazirpur Upazila

Notable personalities



  1. ^ Sadar subdivision of Bakerganj district without Nalchiti, Jhalokati and Rajapur thanas
  2. ^ Including Jainism, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Ad-Dharmis, or not stated


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  2. ^ a b c d e Population and Housing Census 2022 National Report (PDF). Vol. 1. Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. November 2023.
  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  4. ^ Mahadi Al Hasnat (2 April 2018). "Mixed reactions as govt changes English spellings of 5 district names". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b KAM Saiful Islam (2012). "Barisal District". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  6. ^ About Barisal Archived 20 January 2017 at the Wayback Machine Local Government Engineering Department, Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives; retrieved 14 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Bangladesh Population and Housing Census 2011 Zila Report – Barisal" (PDF). Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
  8. ^ "Census of India, 1941 Volume VI Bengal Province" (PDF). Retrieved 13 August 2022.