The best kept secret in The Simpsons history has finally be revealed. For over 22 years, fans of the animated series have wondered exactly where in the United States, Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and baby Maggie resided.
Matt Groening, the show’s creator, recently he told Smithsonian Magazine that he took inspiration to name the family’s hometown after the television show Father Knows Best, which took place in Springfield, one of the most common city names in America.
The Simpson’s brainchild explained how he wanted viewers to feel like the show was taking place in their own Springfield. Groening grew up in Portland Oregon, which lies 100 miles from another Springfield.
“When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name,” Groening told the magazine. “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,” he said.
There you have it!