Published on April 10th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria1
Matt Groening Reveals The Actual Location of Simpsons’ Springfield
After more than 500 episodes and 23 seasons, creator of The Simpsons Matt Groening has finally revealed which Springfield is the “real” Springfield in which the seminal animated show is set.
In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, Groening may have put paid to what is more than two decades of speculation about whether, if any, of the many Springfields in the United States is the true hometown of Maggie, Bart, Lisa, Homer and Marge. The mystery is frequently lampshaded on the show, with intentional ambiguity inserted whenever a character crosses state lines or makes reference to the geographical location of the town in the show’s dialogue.
But Groening- who has teased viewers in the past about Springfield’s real-life counterpart- admits it’s Springfield, Oregon:
“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.”
Of the news, Springfield’s community delegate Niel Laudati told the AP that while the portrait of the town may not always be accurate, Springfield is overall fond of the show:
“We kind of got past it. We don’t dwell on the bad stuff. Obviously we don’t have a nuclear power plant. We don’t have a lot of stuff in the Simpsons… What we do have are a lot of blue-collar working families that go to church every week and eat dinner together. That is accurate.”
No word on whether the show will ever make reference to the fact that the Simpsons is set in Oregon, or if Groening’s word counts as canon.