Homer, Marge and the kids call Springfield, Oregon their home. The Simpsons creator Matt Groening finally revealed location of the real Springfield, settling many bets and a long-running joke on the show.
It seems like every state has its own town called Springfield, which is precisely why Groening picked the name as a setting according to Smithsonian Magazine:
After 23 years on air, the show has now become the longest running American sitcom.
“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.’’ And they do.”
Springfield, Oregon embraces its fictitious counterpart. The Springfield Museum displays a couch similar to the animated one in the ever-changing opening credits and a plaque to commemorate the movie’s release.