The tales of Homer Simpson and his family are watched by millions of households around the world- but have you ever wondered where the real Springfield is?
In 23 years on air, the show’s creator has kept the real location of the town secret – saying he did not want to “ruin it for people”.
That was until now.
In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine’s May issue, Matt Groening revealed that the animated town is based on Springfield, Oregon, near his childhood hometown of Portland.
He also was inspired to use the town’s name after it was featured on the 1950s television show Father Knows Best.
“I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the US.
“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 show has won 27 Emmy awards, earning a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and even coining a new word as Homer’s expression “D’Oh” entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2011.
The Simpson family are named after Groening’s family – father Homer, mother Margaret and sisters Lisa and Maggie.
Bart is based on the creator himself.
The inspirations drawn from Oregon did not just stop at the town name.
Groening also said he named some of the characters after streets in Portland, including Reverend Lovejoy, the school bully Kearney and the Simpsons’ neighbour Ned Flanders.