Good New Oregonians! Creator Matt Groening says The Simpsons are officially from the Beaver State.
In an interview with Smithsonian magazine, Groening talked about his home city of Portland, Oregon and a bit about the basis for the show and some of the names of characters and places in the show based on placed from the city he grew up in.
Of course, he isn’t saying the city in the show is the city in Oregon, but Oregonian Simpsons fans(like myself) are going with the news that “based on” is close enough. In the movie from 2007, Springfield was said to border, Ohio, Nevada, Maine and Kentucky. Now we can say that Nevada was the only one that was correct.
As Groening notes in the interview, he used the name very early when he first created the show and only later found out that Springfield was one of “the most common names for a city in the U.S.” He liked the idea that the name allow multiple states the chance to believe that “it’s their Springfield.”
Groening is originally from Portland and while he’s said he will never really be able to return, because of simply how busy he is and the fact that LA is the center of the industry, he has a version of his Portland within the show. Evergreen Terrace is a real street that he grew up on.
The character names are his family member’s names. Bart being a replacement for Matt. Many of the character in the show are actually streets within the city. His original plan was to have every character named after something from the city of roses, but there was a high demand and rush on the show and it had be pushed out quickly.