After over 20 years of keeping it a secret, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has broken his silence of the state location of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Margaret’s address.
For years fans pondered around with the city of Springfield in their heads. The only thing is, the United States has about four cities in four different states that share that name.
During an interview in the May issue of Smithsonian magazine, Groening finally spilled the beans and explained why he kept it a secret for so long.
“Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon,” Groening told Smithsonian. “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.”
He added: “I don’t want to ruin it for people, you know? Whenever people say it’s Springfield, Ohio, or Springfield, Mass., or Springfield, wherever, I always go, ‘Yup, that’s right.'”