The town is located along Route 4, halfway between the cities of Debrecen and Szolnok. It lies in the Great Hungarian Plain, thus its geography is defined by flat expanses. The town is primarily surrounded by agricultural zones. The estate centred on the Baroque manor house passed in the nineteenth century to the Hódosy and Borbély families before it was bought by the Horthy family. Miklós Horthy, Regent of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1920 to 1944, was born here and reburied here after the Revolutions of 1989, the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the withdrawal of Russian/Soviet troops. His will stated that he was not to be returned there until "the last Russian soldier has left.".
The settlement was granted town rights in 2004. The town has a population of 5329 people, with a density of 47.9 /km². The majority of the inhabitants is ethnically Hungarian.