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What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real Life

By Jesus Diaz on at

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'.


What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeWhere's Apu?

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeDefinitely as crappy as the real Moe's.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeBig Burger = Krusty's?

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeElementary school.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeThe athletics grounds.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeFirst Church.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeCity Hall is a '70s or '80s monstrosity that doesn't look at all like The Simpsons'.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeThe nearby lake.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeA typical house in Springfield.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifeSports cards shop.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real LifePublic library.

What The Simpsons' Springfield Looks Like in Real Life On the positive side, there's no nearby nuclear power plant. But this kind of looks like the grounds for the one in the series.

I have to say that Springfield, Oregon, doesn't seem as charming as the cartoon Springfield, don't you agree?