At last, Matt Groening has revealed where The Simpsons is actually located: the actual Springfield is in Oregon, a suburb of Eugene near Portland, the city where Groening grew up. We went through the entire city on Google Street View to find out what the most important locations look like in real life.
Talking to Smithsonian Magazine's Claudia de la Roca, Groening finally confessed:
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.
Take a look at what every place looks in real life. Some of them are similar. Others don't share any similarities at all. Springfield, Oregon doesn't seem as charming as The Simpsons'.
I have to say that Springfield, Oregon, doesn't seem as charming as the cartoon Springfield, don't you agree?