The Simpsons hometown Springfield discovered in a another state of mind, Matt Groening Reveals Town, News Blog – Keith Ranville

Los Angeles Times  

April 11, 2012

Matt Groening has been keeping a secret for more than 20 years, but he’s finally broken his silence: He’s revealed in which state Springfield, the setting for “The Simpsons,” is located.

The answer? Oregon.

Not a total shock, considering that Groening grew up in Portland, Ore. Still, the cartoonist has been awfully cagey about the location over the years, and the show has delighted in perpetuating the mystery.

But in an interview in the May issue of Smithsonian magazine, which went online Tuesday, Groening has finally come clean. Why did he keep it a secret for so long?

“I don’t want to ruin it for people, you know?” he said. “Whenever people say it’s Springfield, Ohio, or Springfield, Mass., or Springfield, wherever, I always go, ‘Yup, that’s right.'”