Patrapur is a business center catering to surrounding villages. The major occupations are agriculture, trading and self-employment. People are dependent on rain for crops. There are 3 Primary Schools, one middle English School, one girls' high school and one coeducational high school. Commercial banks like Canara Bank, State Bank Of India Cooperative Banks, a court, a Fire Station, Tahasil offices, a hospital and other establishments encourage people from nearby villages to come to the town. People speak Oriya as mother tongue, however Telugu is an additional language because Patrapur borders with Andhra Pradesh, recently Thakurani Yatra is celebrated with much funfair, around 50000 people gather daily for 10 days of the yatra.