The generic city name has had fans wondering for decades just where in the world Springfield is located. Though the staff often throws out ambiguos suggestions like it “being larger than Texas” or “within driving distance to California and Nevada” (from the season 1 commentary), there was no real hint as to which state Springfield belongs to.
In a recent interview with Smithsonian magazine, Matt Groening stated:
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,”.
Groening admitted that The Simpsons’ Springfield was based on the city just 100 miles south of his hometown in Portland, Oregon.
After fan contests and much speculation, fans finally have an answer to one of the biggest mysteries surround the Simpsons.
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