Oh, right. David Silverman, director of The Simpsons Movie and various episodes of the series, has joked that Springfield is located in North Takoma, supported by the state abbreviations NT and TA seen in the show (for example, in Homer’s driver license). Fracking was introduced to The Simpsons community, and coincidentally, around the same time this episode aired Illinois had just passed regulations that will allow fracking to begin in the state: 19. The refund is a dime; only Michigan has a 10-cent deposit on bottles. Taking all those references into account, that leaves the following states out of the list of possible locations for Springfield: The previous list leaves six possible locations: Virginia, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska – although depending on who you talk to, all of them would also be ruled out due to Springfield having both beaches and deserts. Groening was a student at Lincoln High School at the time of its construction. Texas can’t be the one either as Chief Wiggum mentions in “Who Shot Mr. Burns” that it’s the only state that might try Maggie for shooting Burns. the Murderhorn), while Florida is a mostly flat state with no mountains at all. In "Lisa the Iconoclast", when a few members of Springfield are digging up the grave of Jebediah Springfield (looking for a literal silver tongue), Groundskeeper Willie tosses a shovel-full of dirt onto the eternal flame of Adlai Stevenson. A circle of exactly 1000 kilometers would sweep (clockwise) southwestern Texas, eastern New Mexico, mid-eastern Colorado, northwestern Nebraska, center-southeastern South Dakota, central Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, central Michigan, central Ohio, southwestern West Virginia, a very small and uninhabited segment in the easternmost tip of Kentucky, southwestern Virginia, eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina, northwestern South Carolina, central Georgia, northwestern Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. A former Governor was Chester L. Suicide, who has a bridge named in his honor.. D'Oh! Homer's license shows Springfield's state. Kentucky also has Red River Gorge, around one-hundred miles from Springfield. In "Dancin' Homer", Capital City has a Second Best Western; Richmond has four Best Westerns. In "Mother Simpson", Homer discovers that the tombstone he always thought belonged to his mother actually belongs to Walt Whitman (causing Homer to pummel said tombstone and curse "Leaves of Grass, my ass!"). Iowa, West Virginia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Georgia, New Mexico, Colorado, South Carolina, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and Missouri are also out as they are mentioned by different characters as states different to theirs. However, The Simpsons Movie rules out Alaska as they move there, implying that Springfield is located in Nebraska. In "New Kids on the Blecch", L.T. ", when Miss Hoover begins to pass back her students' astronomy papers, on the chalkboard reads, "Five States Whose Capitals Start with the Same Letter as the State: Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Oklahoma, This State". AP (CBS News) For 23 seasons, "The Simpsons" have lived at 742 Evergreen Terrace in Springfield. Often, the writers tease us by having one of the characters explain that ‘Springfield is located where 4 states touch – Vermont, Kentucky, Arizona and Montana. In real life, Grunge originated in Washington state in the mid-1980s. The town square found in the Simpsons' "Springfield" is very similar to that of one in Springfield, Illinois. Many states have been mentioned or shown in both The Simpsons Movie and the series, offering clues as to where Springfield could be. Ned's joke is just a joke and not meant to be taken literally like most other hints. ", the family gets stuck in a corn maze. This further disproves the Canadian theory. The Springfield Town Square is based on the plaza in Arcata, California. Despite this, the state has a wide array of wildlife, including grizzly bears, bald eagles, and manatees. In "Lisa the Tree Hugger", Lisa protects a redwood tree by climbing into the canopy and camping up there, much like Julia Butterfly Hill did in real life. ", which contradicts Utah location. The only mayor shown of any town or city in North Tacoma is Springfield's own "Diamond" Joe Quimby, a long-serving Democrat. Prior to Screen Rant, she wrote for Pop Wrapped, 4 Your Excitement (4YE), and D20Crit, where she was also a regular guest at Netfreaks podcast. Virginia has a Navy base and an Air Force base. Springfield isn't in Hawaii, as Homer offers to take the whole family there. He exclaims, "What kind of an airline routes all their flights through Nome, Alaska?". There is also Swartzwelder County which borders Springfield and the rural Spittle County, which claims to be the birthplace of the "loogie". There are many local ways of speaking that could be used to locate Springfield within the United States. In "Treehouse of Horror IX", during "Starship Poopers", the pacifier signal Maggie transmits to Kang and Kodos is from around the Texas-Louisiana border, near Lake Charles, LA or Port Arthur, TX. For now (and quite possibly until the end of the series and beyond), Springfield’s location is an impossible and mysterious one. Because The Simpsons’ Springfield has been shown to have a bit of everything, from gorges and desserts to beaches, and the size of it has also been inconsistent (Lisa once said West Springfield is “three times the size of Texas”), the town can’t be placed in a specific location within the U.S. Springfield is near a junction of five states (in real life, no such junction exists which means it could be a fictional state), yet it borders the ocean (but via river); it has a canyon, a desert, and mountains, including the tallest mountain in the United States. In another frame, Springfield is not in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, or the District of Columbia. The real I-95 is a major north-south route along the east coast of the United States. Eugene, Oregon was founded by Eugene Skinner, the same last name of Principal Skinner (Seymour Skinner). Groening also confirmed recently that Springfield was in fact based on Springfield, Oregon. In one episode, Lisa writes a letter to Mr. Burns, and the letter is sent to C. Montgomery Burns, Springfield, New Jersey. Next: The Simpsons: Which Season The Show Actually Turned Bad In. Springfield has a district called Little Seattle, which has many similar qualities to Washington's largest city. By elimination process, there are a couple of states that could be the home to Springfield... if only they were slightly bigger (you know, to fit an area as big as West Springfield). This is the ZIP code for Kalamazoo, Michigan. The Springfield depicted in The Simpsons isn't always a flattering portrait. Illinois borders one of these states. Springfield is not in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana or Wyoming. However, the fictional town itself is not set in Oregon and its state remains unknown.  Settlers from Maryland were heading for New Sodom. D'oh" Mr. Burns is going to face trouble as the US government discovered evidence that Mr. Burns dumped nuclear waste into Legoland. to which Marge responds to by saying, "They must be from California.". Adrienne Tyler is a features writer for Screen Rant. In "The Bart Wants What It Wants", Homer says to Lisa that he will pay for her to attend any college in South Carolina. In another episode, Ned Flanders asks Homer if he wants to go with him south of the border and Homer replies, "Woo hoo, Tennessee!" On Homer's weekly paycheck, it is shown that the state withholds income tax. In "Old Yeller-Belly", the Amish build a tree house for the Simpsons, indicating that Springfield is in either Ohio or Pennsylvania. Many descriptions do not apply for any real state. In "G.I. Springfield, Missouri is located within the Ozarks and is commonly referred to as the Queen City of the Ozarks. However, every real state name has been mentioned at least once in a canonical episode, except Arkansas and Oklahoma. Interstate 95 was depicted in one of the episodes. "The location of Springfield is in any state but yours. In Jebediah Springfield's first official act as m… This, however, could simply mean nothing. Additionally, in "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood", Bart, Homer, Ned and Rod are lost at sea, which would imply they live on either the West or East coasts. This was done as season 11 marked a significant decline in the show and many fans and even the shows staff thought the show would not continue on much longer, so they decided to finally reveal the state that they live in indisputably. West Springfield, for instance, is a large, desert-like region, apparently three times larger than Texas; an almost perfect match with the Australian Outback. This coupled with the fact that Springfield is located on an ocean and the sun sets on it seems to leave California as the only possibility. It was great. Furthermore, Washington-born Grunge musician Kurt Cobain is shown to have a cousin, Marvin residing in Springfield. However, Springfield has been shown to be close to the Canadian border, as the Simpsons have made day-trips into Canada, and everybody in Springfield knows the Canadian Anthem. In "You Only Move Twice", a newspaper is seen indicating that Hank Scorpio has taken control of the East coast. Indiana does not border an ocean, but does in fact touch Lake Michigan, which could possibly appear similar to an ocean. This page also suggests that they may be from Springfield, IL. Adlai Stevenson (likely referring to Adlai Stevenson II) was a former Democratic governor of Illinois and ran for president in 1952 and 1956. In "Itchy & Scratchy Land", the Simpson family briefly has to stop at a Fruits and Vegetables checkpoint, causing Homer to panic (as he was apparently smuggling fruits and vegetables as a side job). In "Special Edna", when Skinner drives Willie's car 2653 miles to Orlando, it would put him in either southeast Oregon, California or Idaho. The state is the north-western-most state of four states whose boundaries intersect at a single point. According to "The Seven-Beer Snitch", there is a gas chamber in the Springfield Penitentiary. Walt Whitman is buried at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden, New Jersey. In effort to get out, Homer repeatedly throws Lisa into the air to try and find an exit. Another observation in favor of New Jersey would be the frequent use of the word "Hoagie" to describe a large sandwich on a roll, a term used almost exclusively in the Philly PA area (on the NJ border) and all across New Jersey. Its population is estimated to be about 30,720. In "King of the Hill", Bart claims that the Murderhorn is more than four miles higher than Springfield's elevation. In "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington", when it is Lisa's turn to say her essay, it shows a map where Springfield is in "Illinois". The southeastern tip of New Hampshire borders the ocean, and Springfield's proximity to the ocean rather than a lake is referenced in some episodes. However, in "Kill the Alligator and Run", the family says that they are still welcome in North Dakota, but Bart says that he wants to move to the Dakotas, proving that they do not live there. While Springfield, Illinois has a Shelbyville fifty miles to the southeast and a nuclear power plant forty miles to the northeast, there has not been any indication that it is the Springfield, and could be coincidental. The state was founded by circus freaks and was assumed to be the location of New Sodom, due to misinterpreting a passage in the Bible. The only other mayors to serve the town during the series was Robert Terwilliger (aka "Sideshow Bob"), who ran as a Republican and Hans Moleman, who purchased the town anthem from a salesmen selling the same anthem to half of the cites in North America in "Walking Big & Tall". In the Powers of 10 couch gag, while the camera zooms out into the universe, it reveals that the Simpson house is located in Springfield, Illinois. It, too, is a Southern state, so the comment about Springfield being in a Northern state provides more evidence. The map shows North Haverbrook in the Midwest, approximately in Iowa. Halfway through said episode, Congressman Bob Arnold is seen offered and accepting a bribe from a logging company which wants to clear-cut the Springfield National Forest, much to Lisa's dismay. Additionally, there are frequent mentions throughout episodes of the state capital, Capital City. Springfield, Ore., hoped it had an in because "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is from Portland, the state's largest city, and many of the show's landmarks are named after streets in Portland. Because of this, it is possible that Springfield is located in a fictional state with an exact location in the United States varying from episode to episode. At this time, Bart walks in and blocks the view. In "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood", when the raft is lost at sea and Homer, Bart, Ned, Rod and Todd find the offshore Krusty Burger Oil Rig, the map that Homer has shows the rig in the Atlantic Ocean. The Simpsons in front of their home: Lisa, Marge, Maggie, Homer and Bart. In "Kamp Krusty", Tijuana is just a day trip away, meaning that Springfield could logically be in either California, New Mexico or Arizona. He then holds up a map of America, where Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook are the only cities shown. It apparently puts Springfield near the Great Lakes. The family has been to New York City and Canada by bus. Design. Hans Moleman (former) One of the astrolabe's screens displays what appear to be its current latitude and longitude. This suggests the map is only accurate up to the end of season 15 (the show is currently on season 27). Despite this, several wealthy citizens exist, most famously business tycoons like Charles Montgomery Burns (a utilities magnate who runs the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant), and Aristotle Amadopolis (also a utilities magnate, who owns the nuclear ower plant in Shelbyville), and evil corporate barons like Hank Scorpio (a crime lord who seized the Eastern Seaboard), The Rich Texan (an oil industrialist) and, until his imprisonment, Artie Ziff (a software entrepreneur involved in a stockholders' scandal). In "Radioactive Man ", the cast and crew of the Radioactive Man movie are looking for a place to film it in. Many Portland streets share names with characters from the series, including Flanders, Lovejoy, Quimby, Kearney, Van Houten and Terwilliger. ... where Springfield is in a state … The State of Springfield is a fictional U.S state where Springfield is located.  However, as with the Canada interpretation, The Simpsons has been proven beyond doubt to be set in the United States, ruling out any possible non-US setting. In several episodes, the radio and television stations in Springfield use the call sign KBBL. Since Capital City is the capital of Springfield's state, this could mean that Springfield is in Connecticut. In "Treehouse of Horror XIII", during "Send in the Clones", when it is shown that the Homer clones will have spread across the entire United States, one of the faces in the first frame appears over Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Also, Cypress Creek (the community where the Simpsons move, which is said to be upstate) is seen with mountains, so Springfield has to be in one of the mountain states. Springfield A&M's mascot is a pig named Sir Oinks-A-Lot, which may be a nod to the University of Arkansas' mascot the Razorbacks, a wild boar. David Silverman, a director for the Simpsons, has claimed that Springfield is in the fictional state of "North Tacoma" (or "North Takoma"). Mr. Burns had also ran for Governor on one occasion, but was defeated by Bailey. In "Burns, Baby Burns", Mr. Burns' long-lost son, Larry Burns, recognizes his father on a train but is unable to board it before it moves away. She is an Audiovisual Communication graduate that wanted to be a filmmaker, but life had other plans (and it turned out great). The state pays Springwood Minimum Security Prison prisoners 5 cents an hour for manual labor. The capital of Kentucky, Frankfort, has an airport named "Capital City Airport" and is located within an hour's drive of Springfield, Shelbyville and Simpsonville. In "Burns, Baby Burns", Mr. Burns' long-lost son, Larry Burns, recognizes his father on a train but is unable to board it before it moves away. By Brandon Zachary Jan 06, 2021 The Simpsons is full of quietly heart-breaking characters, with the town grinding down remarkable people and … Springfield Heights Institute of Technology, Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair), Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times, Marge Simpson in: "Screaming Yellow Honkers", Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield, The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop, El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer), So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show, The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer, Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious, Raging Abe Simpson and His Grumbling Grandson in "The Curse of the Flying Hellfish", Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish. With these six states as the last ones standing, it’s up to every Simpsons fan to pick their winner depending on the details about Springfield they want to accept. 1. Other cities in the state include: Cypress Creek, founded by the Globex Corporation; Ogdenville, the Norwegian settlement famous for the Springfield Monorail; Little Pwagmattasquarmsettport, known as America's scrod basket; and Capital City, the largest city and the state capital. Also, very few citizens have a southern accent, which would be common in most parts of Kentucky. The town raises an old KBBL radio tower up to climb toward the rope. In "Boy-Scoutz 'n the Hood", on the map of Krusty Burger locations, Homer points to the one off the east coast, implying that they live on the east coast. When Homer is coaching Apu for his immigration test, Homer first points to Chicago, but Lisa corrects him by saying, "You're not pointing anywhere near Springfield" and points out the correct location.
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