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Published on April 10th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


Matt Groening Reveals The Actual Location of Simpsons’ Springfield

simpsons springfield oregon

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.



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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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