Matt Groening, the creator of ‘The Simpsons’ revealed that the animated town is based on Springfield, Oregon.
Did you know that there are over 121 towns named Springfield in the US alone? Have you ever wondered where Springfield, the hometown of ‘The Simpsons’ is really based?
For the past 23 years, the show's creator, Matt Groening has kept the real location of the town a secret. In an interview recently, he revealed that the animated town is based on Springfield, Oregon located near his childhood hometown of Portland. He added that he was inspired to use the town's name after it was featured on the 1950s television show "Father Knows Best."
Elaborating further Groening said, "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."
The inspirations drawn from Oregon didn't just stop at the town name. Another interesting piece of information is that The Simpsons family are named after Groening's family and the character of Bart is based on the creator himself. Groening said he named some of the characters after streets in Portland, including Reverend Lovejoy, the school bully Kearney and the Simpsons' annoyingly adorable neighbour, Ned Flanders. Even the address of the animated family, 632 Evergreen Terrace, is named after Groening's own childhood home address.
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