The area is governed by Uttarpara Kotrung Municipality, the second oldest municipality in West Bengal, established in 1853.
As per 2011 Census of India Uttarpara had a total population of 159,147 of which 81,410 (51%) were males and 77,737 (49%) were females. Population below 6 years was 11,760. The total number of literates in Uttarpara Kotrung was 133,610 (90.65 % of the population over 6 years).
The following Municipalities and Census Towns in Hooghly district were part of Kolkata Urban Agglomeration in 2011 census: Bansberia (M), Hugli-Chinsurah (M), Bara Khejuria (Out Growth), Shankhanagar (CT), Amodghata (CT), Chak Bansberia (CT), Naldanga (CT), Kodalia (CT), Kulihanda (CT), Simla (CT), Dharmapur (CT), Bhadreswar (M), Champdani (M), Chandannagar (M Corp.), Baidyabati (M), Serampore (M), Rishra (M), Rishra (CT), Bamunari (CT), Dakshin Rajyadharpur (CT), Nabagram Colony (CT), Konnagar (M), Uttarpara Kotrung (M), Raghunathpur (PS-Dankuni) (CT), Kanaipur (CT) and Keota (CT).
As of 2001 India census, Uttarpara Kotrung had a population of 150,204. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Uttarpara Kotrung has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 76%. In Uttarpara Kotrung, 8% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Uttarpara police station has jurisdiction over Uttarpa-Kotrung and Konnagar municipal areas, and parts of Sreerampur Uttarpara CD Block.
Uttarpara is home to India's first car factory, Hindustan Motors. The plant was closed in 2014 when production of the Ambassador was scrapped.
The State Highway 6 (West Bengal) or Grand Trunk Road (G.T Road) passes through Uttarpara.
Uttarpara is a station on the Howrah-Bardhaman main line.It is part of Kolkata Suburban Railway system.
Uttarpara boasts of a rich cultural heritage. The town once boasted of sylvan peace, beautiful buildings, epitome of great architectural works and steeped in cultural heritage. Bengali poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt spent his last days in Uttarpara Joykrishna Library.
In 1909, Aurobindo Ghosh gave his last political speech before leaving for Pondicherry to embrace monkhood. This speech, known as 'Uttarpara Speech', is a valuable work for understanding Hinduism and Sanatan dharma by Sri Aurobindo.Swami Niswambalananda Girls' College
Raja Peary Mohan College
Uttarpara Govt. High School
Uttarpara Amarendra Vidyapith (Boys')
Uttarpara Amarendra Vidyapith (Girls')
Uttarpara Children's Own Home
Uttarpara Girls' High School
Uttarpara Model School (Boys')
Uttarpara Model School (Girls')
Makhla High School (Boys')
Devishawri Vidhya Niketan (Girls')
Bhupendra Smitri Vidhya Niketan (Boys')
Hindmotor High School
H.M. Education Centre
Indira Gandhi Memorial High School
Parmar Girls' School
Deshpriyo Girls' High School
Bhadrakali High School (Boys')
Pramoda Charan Banerji, judge in the Allahabad High Court
Amarendra Chatterjee, freedom fighter
Malay Roy Choudhury, founder of Hungry generation Movement
Samir Roychoudhury member of Krittibas group and co-founder of the "Hungryalist" movement
Tapan Sinha, Indal Union Leader
Arnab Mukhopadhyay journalist
Lalit Mohon Mukherjee founder of Sarswat Sanmelon Public Library
Gautam Bandyopadhyay Journalist
Tanmay Chakraborti Chartered Accountant
[[ Joy Majumder Electrical Engineer founder of Doinik Uttarpara