The Simpsons Officially Live in Oregon So Now We Can All Sleep Easy

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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.

(This is actually completely unsurprising, as he’s long talked about how the characters are named after streets in Portland and such. But I guess it’s good to know?)