Bhatpara is a suburban town and a municipality under Jagatdal police station of Barrackpore subdivision in North 24 Parganas district in the state of West Bengal, India. It is situated on the bank of Hooghly river. It is known for its rich traditions in the field of Sanskrit learning.
As per provisional reports of Census India, population of Bhatpara in 2011 is 390,467; of which male and female are 207,876 and 182,591 respectively. The sex ratio of Bhatpara city is 878 per 1000 males. In education section, total literates in Bhatpara city are 307,362 of which 172,042 are males while 135,320 are females. Average literacy rate of Bhatpara city is 85.86 percent (well over national average) of which male and female literacy was 90.08 and 81.04 percent. Total children (0-6) in Bhatpara city are 32,498 as per figure from Census India report on 2011. There were 16,879 boys while 15,619 are girls. Child sex ratio of girls is 925 per 1000 boys.
Earlier, a significant portion of population was engaged in some form of job in the local jute mills. Economic instability related to jute industry in West Bengal forced many of these mills to be shut down. Nowadays, people of Bhatpara are mostly engaged in services in the private and public sector outside the area (in Kolkata and neighborhood) and small personal businesses within the locality. There are significant number of small eateries and sweet shops in Bhatpara. A significant number of Bhatparans and kankinarians have also moved on and shifted to cities outside West Bengal and even India, in search of better prospects. Kankinara Bazar is main market area for the people of Bhatapara.