Swabi is the district capital. Tordher is the second leading trading city, after Swabi. Tordher has a population of nearly 50,000, 18 primary schools and three high schools.
Today, almost the whole population is composed of Pashtuns of the Yusufzai tribe. There are also Utmanzai and Tanoli. Hindus and Sikhs live in some areas of Swabi.
Tobacco is a cash crop of Swabi, along with vegetables, wheat, sugar cane and maize. Its climate is well suited for citrus fruits in particular, but many other fruits like watermelon, peaches and apricots are also grown there.
It also boasts one of the most prestigious institutions of Pakistan, the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, located in the village of Topi.
A six lane motorway connecting Islamabad with Peshawar passes through Swabi District, with an access interchange at the village of Ambaar.