Administrative Units as at a GlanceDivision 7Zila 64City Corporation 11Municipalties 223Upazila 500Thana 509Union 4451(Source: LGRD Ministry & Police HeadQuarters)
Division:•Barisal ( Borisha )•Chittagong ( Chôţţogram)•Dhaka ( Đhaka)•Khulna ( Khulna)•Rajshahi ( Rajshahi)•Rangpur ( Rongpur)•Sylhet ( Sileţ)Divisions are headed each by a Divisional CommissionerThe average number of districts, upazilas, and unions in adivision is 9, 71, and 636, respectively.(According to thePopulation Census of 2001)
DivisionPopulation Area (km2)Populationdensity2011(people/km2)Sex ratio (malesper 100 females)1991 20012011(provisional)Barisal Division 7,462,643 8,173,718 8,147,000 13,297 613 96.8ChittagongDivision20,522,908 24,290,384 28,079,000 33,771 831 96.1Dhaka Division 32,665,975 39,044,716 46,729,000 31,120 1,502 103.9Khulna Division 12,688,383 14,705,223 15,563,000 22,272 699 100Rajshahi Division 14,212,065 16,354,723 18,329,000 18,197 1,007 100.4Rangpur Division 11,997,979 13,847,150 15,665,000 16,317 960 99.8Sylhet Division 6,765,039 7,939,343 9,807,000 12,596 779 99.1Totals 106,314,992 124,355,263 142,319,000 147,570 964The following table outlines some key statistics about the sevendivisions of Bangladesh as found in the 2011 Population and HousingCensus conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics.
Districts:● The administrative unit that figuresprominent in this country is called District● The district are run by a DeputyCommissioner (popularlyabbreviated to "DC") who isappointed by the governmentfrom a Deputy Secretary of B.C.S.Administration Cadre.
Upazilas:The basic unit of administration of the country is locally namedas Upazila or Thana, Upazilas are similar tothe county subdivisions found in some Western countries.Field level functionaries of thedevelopment departmentsoperate here at the grass-rootlevel under guidance from therespective functional headsstationed in the districts ascoordinated by the UNO(Upazila Nirbahi Officer).At present, has 500 upazilas and509 administrative Thanas for atotal of 1009 subdistricts.
Below the upazila is the union. Representatives of somenation-building departments, includingAgriculture, Livestock, Health and Family Planning, areworking at the union level. They work under the directcontrol of the higher authorities of their respectivedepartmet The Gram (village) police, known as‘Chaukidar’, a formal force under the direct control ofthe local government at this level is tasked to maintainthe stability of order in the villagents at the upazilaheadquartersUnion:
LocalGovernmentUrban RuralUpazilaParishad (482)ChairmanPourashava/Municipality (284)MayorZila Parishad(64)UnionParishad (4451)ChairmanCityCorporation(Mayor)Existing structures of local government
FieldAdministrationDivision-7DivisionalCommissionerUpazila-500Upazila ExecutiveOfficer (UNO)District-64DeputyCommissionerUnion-4451 (elected)Field Level Workers ofSome DepartmentsExisting structures of field administration in Bangladesh