As per the India census report published in 2001, Haveri had a population of 55,900. Males and females account for 51% and 49% of the population. In Haveri, 13% of the population is less than six years of age. The census report also throws light on the literacy rate of the city which is 70%. This is a progressive trend because the national average literacy rate is 59.5%. Out of it, the male literacy rate is 76% and the female literacy rate is 64%. The city has a number of good educational institutes because of which the literacy rate is high.
Haveri is an important center for cardamom trade in the district because there are a number of cardamom gardens in the city. It is also famous for the Byadagi red chilies, which is widely known all over India.
It is said that in ancient times Haveri had thousand Maths (sacred religious places). One of the distinguished maths in Haveri is Hukkeri Math. Haveri was also a major center of the Kalamukha sect in India. Thirty- two scriptures have been excavated from here. Kaginele, a town 15 km. from Haveri is a tourist destination as it is the birthplace of the poet Kanakadasa. Other nearby tourist attractions includes Byadgi and Ranibennur at a distance of 15 km. and 26 km respectively.