Matt Groening Reveals 'Springfield' Location, Making 'Simpsons' Interesting Topic Again

April 10, 2012


For years Simpsons fans have, bored by debates about the best Lionel Hutz quotes, tried to determine the location of the town of Springfield. Unfortunately for them, Springfield as depicted in The Simpsons is not an actual town, so it's pretty hard to figure out exactly where it is unless creator Matt Groening just outright tells everyone and--oh, hey, now he's sort of done that.

Speaking to Smithsonian Magazine, Groening revealed:

Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show "Father Knows Best" took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, "This will be cool; everyone will think it's their Springfield." And they do.

So there you go. It was named after Springfield, Oregon, and otherwise does not exist, because cartoons. Now back to watching 130 Simpsons episodes at once. Because that's where the real answers lie...

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