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‘Simpsons’ Hometown Revealed

Simpsons creator Matt Groening revealed the fictional town Springfield where the famous animated family lives is in Oregon. The admission came in an interview with Smithsonian Magazine. The show has made a running joke of hiding the true Springfield’s location.

The state that Springfield is in has been one of the best-kept secrets in television history. Groening has long given fake answers when asked about the Simpsons’ hometown, saying “I don’t want to ruin it for people, you know?”

 Groening told Smithsonian “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.’”

Groening also said he looks back at growing up in Portland as being “idyllic” — and that he’d like to move back there one day.