10.04.12 by Jeff

The real location of The Simpsons’ Springfield revealed!

Matt Groening Reveals the Real Location of The Simpsons’ Springfield

After 25 years of secrecy, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has revealed to Smithsonian Magazine that the show’s fictional town of Springfield was actually based in… wait for it… Oregon!

Eventhough I stopped caring about the show a long time ago it was my favourite show growing up and revealing this is almost blasphemy! What do you think?


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.”

Read the entire interview here.

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Sarah

    Umm..Oregon is the coolest state ever. Blasphemy?

    • i said blasphemy not because it’s Oregon, because it’s been revealed. it should have remained a secret, an imaginary place.

  • As a Portland resident, I’m glad I’ve been correct in thinking it’s my Springfield this whole time.

  • Lauren

    I don’t mind that it has been revealed because the concept of it being reminiscent of all other Springfields still exists. It is never really represented strictly as Springfield, Oregon, either; think of all of the times where they talk about their neighbor states- most of them are no where near Oregon. It may be named after a specific Springfield, but it still exists as many, I think.

    • yea true i just think it’s strange to mess with the Simpson universe like this, but i guess after the 10th season they weren’t very faithful to that universe anyways. i think i first realised it was no longer precious in the episode when homer lost a thumb. can’t remember what season that was. it just wasn’t the same show anymore.

      • to me, the simpsons died when maude flanders died by getting hit by a tshirt gun. i agree that even though it may be based on a specific springfield , it has always and will always remain a fictitious universe.

      • ya i remember not being able to believe that that had actually happened

  • Ana

    ruining my childhood. why?!!!!!!!!

  • Influences can be seen from Olympia, Washington, as well.

    Matt went to school at Evergreen, and just west of Olympia there is a nuke power plant. Are there any correlations between Duff and Olympia beer? I don’t know.

  • Shea Kennedy

    thats weird, i always just assumed for some reason that the show took place in springfield oregon. i never really knew it was a big secret.

  • Now that I know, it’s not as upsetting as I thought it would be. I think I share Jeff’s position that it doesn’t matter much now.

  • lepetitfaon

    I always assumed as a child it was after Springfield, Oregon as my family always drove by that town on the way to my grandmother’s house in Oregon and I would think “there can’t be any other Springfields!” so happy it worked out this way!

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