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One question that popped up yesterday was pretty interesting:

What state do the Simpsons live in?

Simon - 19 March 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Well, have just saw a repeat of the episode where Homer, Moe and Barney join the navy, and command a sub (on the chart shown) Homer hits the comapss on the map then heads into Russian waters, after leaving obviously the west coast of the states, where Springfield Harbour was shown to be located. I have always thought they livein either northern California or Washington State, as they have always featured snow capped mountains and ocean in their day to day activities!!!
Peter Bengtsson - 19 March 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I've thought about that one too but my hope of being observant were shattered when I later saw that they live in a town where there's now water. I can't remember the episode but there's this one time where they zoom out over springfield and all you see is land. Shame I can't remember it exactly but I remember that it meant a big inconsistency.

My conclusion after that was they Matt et al. don't want us to ever find out so I sort of gave up.

But then there's the episode where Lisa talks to the Brazillian boy who says something like "I couldn't write to you because I don't know your state" and Lisa replies "Sure you do. You just have to look for all the clues"
Anonymous - 27 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Yes, apparently if you look for the clues, you can figure it out. I know they allow the death penalty wherever it is that they are from...
Joe - 24 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
There's an episode where fat tony is travelling on I-95.. which is on the east coast. Good guess, but very very wrong. The simpsons live somewhere on the east coast.. there is a town in Connecticut w/ a nuclear power plant, off of 95, and next to Flanders (niantic) CT... id guess they live in CT
Anonymous - 27 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
That's been my guess for quite sometime now, because I know they don't live that far away New York, or at least it is implied...Also, I think if you follow the clues, you need to find a state with the death penalty. I'm from Canada and I really don't know many of the states all that well in all honesty.
Peter Bengtsson - 27 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Not far away from New York? I doubt that; in a way. They seem to be near every other place in the US. There's for example the episode where Moe decides to take all his regulars for a part trip to Las Vegas but Homer can't come along because he first has to drop off Bart on a boys camp for disobedients, then he's going to drive and catch up with Moe and the rest. That certainly implies they must live near Nevada too, no?
Joe T - 28 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
He was dropping bart off in Oregon only after bart wasnt able to board the airplane... Oregon isnt all that far from Nevada.. when compared to NY to Nevada. Remember the Ms. Plopwells episode where they said the grand prize was a trip to Hawaii... then changed that to Hartford CT? I cant recall any other time Connecticut was mentioned... Nearly every other state was mentioned and bashed. Florida.. .americas wang; Massachusetts.. Taxachusettes; plus MANY others. Also.. if youve ever watched Futurama, theres an episode where they follow Beck around in their VW van... They show an ariel map of the US... start their tour from?? Good Ol' Connecticut (bridgeport area actually) so groening has some attraction to Connecticut, at least in my opinion anyways.
Anonymous - 20 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
but when you look at other clues, there is the episode where homer does his cannonball act. in that episode he has to chose between heading to cincinatti(which is in ohio) or a nude beach. there are also several other clues leading to ohio such as: springfield being a city in ohio, and ohio having a nuclear reactor.
Joe - 20 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
The name "Springfield" isnt the actual name of the city they hail from. There are many many clues that suggest that springfield is close to or in Connecticut. And you are very wrong.. they have a choice to go to either Cincinatti or Cleveland... they choose NEITHER and turn around. They definately DO NOT live in Ohio. Nice try... watch your episodes a little more carefully. ;) Name another episode where they mention Ohio or lead you to believe thats its in Ohio... There really arent any, except when marge says "Springfield, Oh HI ya Maude"... Read my posts.. I've given several promising leads to my conclusion.. Ive given it years and years of thought.
Anonymous - 27 October 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I saw a episode today where Marge gave her address on the phone and she clearly said Springfield, Ohio.
Joe - 27 October 2006 [«« Reply to this]
On the phone with Vincent Price's recorded message, She didn't say "Springfield, Ohio".. she said "Springfield, Oh Hi ya Maude" talking to Maude Flanders. I think you didnt "clearly" hear what Marge actually said. Download the episode and watch it again... "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday", Season 10, Episode 12.
Zach - 14 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Homer and family live in the town of Springfield. But, according to The Simpsons Archive, there are at least 71 nonfictional Springfields in 36 states around the country. This has left fans scouring the 350-plus episodes for clues to the town's exact location. Considering the enormous number of place names and geographical features referenced, this requires Ph.D.-level research. Many believe the show is set in Oregon, as creator Matt Groening grew up in Portland and many of the characters share names with that city's streets.

Tantalizingly, in the "Behind the Laughter" episode, the Simpsons are referred to as "a northern Kentucky family." The Simpsons Archive, however, explains that this episode treats the family as sitcom actors playing the parts of characters living outside the Springfield universe, and "really shouldn't be taken seriously." Plus, the location was actually changed in reruns. Other popular guesses include Ohio and Illinois. Former Simpsons director David Silverman once said the show was set in the fictional state of North Takoma.

In a 2004 Austin Chronicle article, a publicist for the show comments: "Matt had the Simpsons live in Springfield because it was the most common city name in the U.S. The writers 'toy' with the state location constantly, (thus) there is no specified state...."
andrew - 30 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
the clue is from the writer not the director the closest nuclear reactor to the state of Oregon is probably in S.E.Washington if the writer grew up around Portland he might have modeled the town after tri-cities WA. but when I've seen the topical view of Springfield it looks like lake Michigan to me any cities or states that want to claim the Simpson's as there own can find an explicit argument why the are right! by design?
Eric Mink - 20 March 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I have seen the epsode were she says that also.So therefor that meens that there is a state sringfield is in they wouldnt lie to us.
Anonymous - 25 March 2006 [«« Reply to this]
remember that episode where they are trying to recover their lemon tree. They had to cross from Springfield into Shelbyville. Well i looked on a map and it appears that a Shelbyville borders Springfield in the state of Missouri. go to www.mapquest.com and see for yourself. i think this is a solid conclusion.
Anonymous - 03 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Another way to think about it is which city then would be "capital city"
Billy - 27 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Springfield is the Capital of IL, a Capital airport resides there as well, there ya have it.
Anonymous - 16 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
There is a Simpson's episode that goes "Behind the Laughs"; towards the end, the narrator says the Simpson's live in the state of Kentucky
Joe T - 28 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
its "Behind the Laughter".. and if I'm not misaken, they say "This northern Kentucky family" not that they live in Northern Kentucky. They implied that they were FROM.. key word being FROM.. Northern Kentucky. They didnt say that they currently lived in Northern Kentucky..... I have every episode and have watched every one of them several times over.. Im a fountain of useless information. ;)..
Anonymous - 21 May 2006 [«« Reply to this]
it's impossible to own every single episode. only seasons 1-7 have been released
Joe T - 22 May 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Impossible? Ever hear of Torrentspy, Bittorrent, Torrentbox, or RobotoLabs? Nothing is impossible w/ the aid of technology. I DO have every episode. Don't doubt my posts. Also I forgot... Mr. Burns is a grad from Yale which is also in CT... remember the epiosde "Burns Baby Burns"... Well... Rodney Dangerfield was the voice of Burns Son.. He was concieved in Peabody Museum, in New Haven CT. Mr Burns is also leaving a trainstation in the same episode and at the bottom of the screen it says "New Haven, CT"... supporting my theory that the writers have a connection to Connecticut.
Adam - 16 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
yes, but in that epside were the narrator says the simspson are from kentucky, they play sitcom tv actors, outside the world of the regular simpsons we know from the show, except from that spoof episode, and thus this episode shouldn't be taken as a fact.
Anonymous - 17 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Springfield Oregon, outside Eugene.
mac dre - 18 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
bitches, they live in oregon. duh!
Anonymous - 27 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I wouldn't be so confident, none of the clues seem to point in that direction.
anmous - 22 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
hello morons they live in illinois two reason 1. there is a springfield in illinois and there is a sheblyville in IL
2. and in the episode when skinner asked where your wedding ring hommer said i therw it in lake micagin
Anonymous - 27 April 2006 [«« Reply to this]
My guess judging by what I've read people say on here, plus some clues from episodes I have seen on my own, that they either live in Missouri or Conneticut (sp?). I'm from Canada and don't know the states that well. But, I do know that whatever state it is that they live in, they do have the death penalty...apparently if you follow the clues you can figure it out. I remember in what episode when Marge was giving her address to Vincent Price for the missing feet on the egg game, she was saying "Springfield...O-Hiya Maude", so I thought maybe Ohio, but I am guessing judging from what was said about Shelbyville and Springfield that Missouri is a good guess, but my thought is still Conneticut...I don't know which states have the death penalty.
mt - 08 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
ok i checked the states that allow the death pentalty and there are 34 states so i thought id never get it ...UNTIL i started reading the citie's they performed it n each state and springfield illonois has been performing the death pentalty since 1818 and it is the only srpingfield listed......maybee this leads nowhere but im pretty happy with what i found
Anonymous - 02 May 2006 [«« Reply to this]
they have to live somewhere up in the north east. Barney in one episode drove homer's car to nyc in one night
Anonymous - 20 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
i believe that most clues lead to ohio(which is close enough to nyc)
Anonymous - 21 October 2006 [«« Reply to this]
in the episode where springfield riots and Homer becomes a security guard (then the chief of police) he does a commercial with a phone number at the bottom, which is an area code in missouri.
Peter Bengtsson - 22 October 2006 [«« Reply to this]
that's a pretty good clue. Is the number looking real or just a missouri number by chance.
gage rue - 16 May 2006 [«« Reply to this]
David Silverman-former director of the simpsons series- said they lived in the fictional state of North Takoma.In the episode where homer gets his license suspended for driving barney home while drunk from the brewry, freze frame the scene where the judge looks at his license and for a split second, you see he lives in Springfeild NT.But I say they livED because there have been many hints and references for a LONG,LONG time.
Jonno - 23 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Watch "drawn together" "a tale of two cows", I think its season 2 episode 10 - theres a cross-feed during a news show to Springfeild CT outside a destroyed Simpsons house - all done in typical simpsons style drawing. Very quickly done and quite interesting to note how they name the state - perhaps the writers etc knew? or another random throw off.....
Jonno - 23 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
oops shouldve posted this at the bottom....my bad
Anonymous - 24 May 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I think they live in Missouri because they seem go to branson on a bus to find grandpa in one episode. Also capital city could be reffering to Jefferson city. Plus there is a springfield and shelbyville there. Grandpa says ill be deep in the cold ground before i acknowledge missouri
CWR - 01 June 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Homer starts Springshield Security and in the TV ad he made for it the phone number is has a 636 area code.636 area code is Missouri. Springfield Missouri is in the south west corner of Missouri and its not too far from Branson Missouri where Grandpa Simpson take Bart to find Zelda the stone cold hoochie.
Anonymous - 08 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
i just started reading all of the info on this page becuz i myself am wondering where they live but and when i saw the info about the 636 area code i was sure you had it but when i researched it theres a problem i noticed that area code was changed from 314 to 636 on may 1999 and the show has ran way longer than 99 so basicly im confused
Anonymous - 05 June 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Does it bother anyone that we are all sitting here debating a cartoon???
nb - 15 June 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Convincing posts narrow it down to Orgegon, Missouri, and Connecticut in my opinion. Can someone tell me if there are snow-crested mountains in Missouri or Connecticut? There are many episodes with hilly/mountainous terrain. Also of the three states can anyone tell me which has the death penalty?
Amanda - 18 June 2006 [«« Reply to this]
What about the episode where Granpa and Bart steel Homers car and follow Zelda to Branson MO? When Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie go after them, Marge says it's 1000 miles to Bronson.
There is no Springfield in CT. They all have the death penalty.
Matt grew up in Portland Oregon, so I think it's Springfield Or.
Tommy - 22 June 2006 [«« Reply to this]
what about the episode where they move the town? So it could have changed. What season was that and what clues belong to what?
Adam - 29 June 2006 [«« Reply to this]
In Treehouse of Horror VI, when the giant statues all fall over and smash up the buildings, one of the buildings that gets destroyed says "Birthplace of Norman Vincent Peale." If you do a wikipedia search, you'll find that he was a Christian preacher and author (most notably of The Power of Positive Thinking), and was born in Browersville, Ohio. If you check on Mapquest, you'll find that in Ohio there is not only a Browersville, but also a Springfield, which is, according to Mapquest, a short trip away of only 26.17 miles. I think that, coupled with the "Springfield...O-Hiya Maude" quote posted above by Anonymous, would show that the Simpsons do, infact, live in Ohio.
Rob - 01 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
If you can remember back to when Apu was getting his citizenship, you will remember that Lisa pooints to where they live on the map, and her body is covering the eastern part of the US. Go from there, it limits which states they could live in.
Jeff - 08 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Some of you are close, others are way way off! I found it with only these clues to go by; #1.)Springfield. #2.)they live in a town in the five(5) corners area. When you spot it you will know where they live.
Anonymous - 20 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
but they visited the five corners area while going on vacation, so you never no how far away from there house they were
Jeff - 21 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
The place where they live is NOT Springfield! It is only a clue. I will tell you this; Five corners is a geographical location. Can you name the four states in the southwest that make up the "four corners region?" Five corners is very similar. Then go back to your first clue. The first clue is not only Springfield but Shelbyville also. On all 5 corners! Get a road atlas. Look at your own clues! Have a good time hunting for it, you will be surprised when you find it. Good Luck, Jeff
Adam - 25 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
You seem pretty arrogant and sure of yourself on this, and maybe just a little bit condescending. If you're so sure of your answer and can prove your idea 100%, then why don't you enlighten the rest of us? Or are you really not that confident in your answer? I think the truth is that you are merely speculating just like everyone else on here, and you have no more figured it out than anybody else. Go ahead...give us your best guess, then explain why you're right and we're wrong. Tell us what your conclusion is, and prove it. It seems like everyone else has at least put forth their conclusions with whatever they have to back it up. My bet is that you're just spouting hot air, trying to seem like you're so much smarter than every body else, and you really don't have any more of a clue than anyone else on this page.
Jeff - 25 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Ha Ha, nice try. If you took the time L00king instead of writing letters you would know too.
Did you see my reply on July 21st? That reply and all the other replys are why no one will find where the Simpson's live. All you people want to do is have someone like me TELL YOU where it is. You don't want to work for it. If you look for it where I said, omg it's so obvious. And..if I just told you then you would sigh and say "are you kidding? That's sooo easy" So...if you're too lazy to look for it, then, oh well. Just keep talking and guessing. gl hf
Adam - 26 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Oh yes, just as I suspected. You've gotten a power trip over the fact that you think you know something no one else does. You're so smart because you've figured out something that the rest of us haven't. Yet you can't tell anyone else your secret because then: 1) You loose your position as the one with the cosmic wisdom, and you can't rub it in anyones face anymore to get your thrills, and 2) You loose your credibility when everyone realizes that you don't actually know anything. What would you really loose by sharing your conjecture with everyone else? Personally, I don't really care, because I have reached my own conclusion, which I can back up with solid facts. So it doesn't really matter to me what you think. I just don't understand why you're so afraid to voice your conclusion, and I think you need to stop being so condescending if you're so unsure of your conclusion that you can't share with the rest of the group. The whole point of a page like this is to share your views, what you've discovered, what you think the truth is, and why. Posting on a page like this with your attitude of "I know something you don't know, and it's so obvious, I can't believe the rest of you can't figure it out," just makes you an ass. Like I said, I really don't care what your viewpoint is unless you're willing to share it and provide supporting arguement as to why it's valid. Other than that, if you're not going to add anything constructive and your sole purpose is to taunt everybody else with your preschool game of "I know a secret," maybe you should go somewhere else. If, on the other hand, you care to share your beliefs on where "The Simpsons" live, then please, be my guest. I love exposing myself to viewpoints that differ from mine, as long as the other person is willing to state their idea and back it up. If you can grow up to an adult level of conversation, then go ahead and get back to me. Otherwise, quit trying to bring everybody down and stay out of the conversation.
Adam - 26 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Oh, by the way, I also wanted to add that, yes, I have infact read your post on July 21st. I should point out that saying that "The place where they live is NOT Springfield! It is only a clue," is absolutely retarded. They have blatantly stated throughout the show that the family lives in Springfield. The city is not the question, it is the state in which the city of Springfield lies that is up for debate here. The kids go to Springfield Elementary, Homer works at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, etc. Every single mention of the city gives its name as Springfield. Unless you care to prove a differing view point, and explain why everybody works and goes to school and does every other major event in a random town named Springfield, which they DO NOT live in according to you, then I have no choice besides persisting in my belief that you really don't have any more of an idea than anyone else, and probably have even less of an idea. There is no other reason why you would come to such a huge revelation, and then not share it, unless you are either being an ass, or you really don't know what you're talking about.
Jeff - 26 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
WOW!! You sure told me off.
So now you have figured it out!!
You said, "they blantantly stated throughout the show that the family lives in Springfield" and that "the city is not the Question, but the state." So now you don't have to do anything else. You got the answer! Good job.
Although Springfield is in every state in the union, why would there be a question of "where do they live?" And why would we waste our time on this, if they lived in Springfield? I'm sorry you're an ass and have to have an answer immediatly. You can't figure out clues and DO something?
Adam - 26 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Dude, you obviously didn't read my post. Go ahead, take a few minutes and read it again. Specifically the part where I emphasize that it is the STATE and not the CITY that is in question. I guess you missed that part in your haste to write back to tell me I'm wrong. Oh well. I don't feel like wasting any more of my time with you on this. You obviously don't want to participate in the discussion, and instead you just want to keep telling everyone else their wrong and you're right, rather than actually stating your point. Whatever. You win, if that makes you happy. You're right, whatever your answer is. Do you feel justified now? Probably not. I'm done with this now, because if you still haven't gotten my point by now, then I'm just wasting my breath. So, go ahead, and think whatever you want. I'm giving in to your superior intellect, because you've proven me wrong without even stating your view point. Whatever. If that makes you happy, then fine, be happy. I'm obviously having a one sided conversation with someone who can't even understand (or doesn't actually read) my posts, and who won't venture forth his viewpoint for the good of the conversation. So, have a nice day, and forget I ever wrote anything to you. I'm not wasting anymore time on someone who can't even hold a logical intelligent conversation. So, when you write back to tell me how wrong I am, and how I'm the loser for not taking time to "figure out clues and DO something," because I know you're going to write back...don't be surprised if you don't hear from me again, because I'm done with this. Please, go ahead and think whatever you want, you won because you proved me wrong...whatever you feel is true in your heart. I don't care.
Billy - 27 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Jeff, if you're talking about Salt Lake City...NO!
tbone - 14 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Is it really so hard to believe that this place they live is made up? its a cartoon. It seems to me that there are many different clues pointing different directions...which leads me to believe that there is no one place they live. you can't say, they have mountains and water so lets forget that they live near I-95. you have to take all the clues in and when you do that, you get many different places in order to cause confusion and keep interest in the show. Notice this gives us something to talk about??? we aren't talking about the last crappy episode, we are debating this instead. (keep in mind i am a simpsons fanatic, so no episode is really crap, but it has gone downhill)
Babo - 25 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
When Homer is working at the Gulp-n-blow or something like that you can clearly see on the drive through sighn "Beer"

This would help eliminate the fact that they couldn't live in a state that prohibits the sale of alacholic beverages at any other place besides bars and liquir stores.

Ex: NJ, DE, MD and more :)
tbone - 30 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I find it hard to believe that something this trivial would help account for their whereabouts
Matt - 31 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
From just watcing the first episode of season 17, it shows that Marge is in south springfield, which borders the coast, meaning it must be in the south district, and from other convincing posts, I'd have to say the south east.
Matt - 31 July 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Watching another recent episode from season 17, they also sing 'Sweet Home Alabama', for no apparant reason, another clue?
Anonymous - 01 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I'm not going to say I've got an answer, as I don't think anyone should. But I'm throwing my vote in there for "it's a fictional place". I want to believe Springfield is in Ohio, my homestate, but see too many clues that say it is elsewhere. Largest clue I ever saw was while leaving Springfield to go on a trip the Simpsons turned onto I-95. There is a possibility that in the 3 seconds from leaving Springfield to when the turned onto I-95 they actually travelled across the country from Oregon to the East Coast, but I doubt this is true. But some people are correct with some lesser clues leading elsewhere. This is why my two top choices for location are the following. Sorry there is no definite answer.

1) Fictional Place
2) Easton Coast somewhere
John - 07 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Hummm.. lets see here is a fact youse dont seam to knotice, what ever City they come from the people are yellow an only have 4 fingers . i dont mean to sound stupid but this springfeild cant be on earth
tbone - 12 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
well, that was kinda stupid.
tbone - 12 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
especially when the go to America Town to eat while in Japan, and how Homer chants USA! randomly.
tbone - 12 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Like i said before, each and every clue conflicts with all the others, and this is just a trick to keep the show being talked about. there is no answer to this question, and if you think there is you are wasting your time.
Matt - 14 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I find that hard to believe considering it's one of the most popular shows, ever. In addition what the producer (?) or someone else said about it being easy if you look at the clues, same as to what Lisa said in the episode 'Blame it on Lisa'
tbone - 17 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
you disagree that all the clues conflict with one another?
A. Nonymous - 18 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
If you look on youtube, best simpsons opening ever, when they get to the couch, the camera draws back heading above their house, above the city, the US, the world...etc...In that opening, they are in the mid west, near Illinois.
Matt - 18 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Some clues conflict, but the majority suggest the south and east coast, I'm starting to believe Texas is the home.
tbone - 19 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
what about the pot bellied sparrow being the state bird and the state pasta being bow tie? these suggest an imaginary city. especially since west springfield is 3 times the size of texas.
Matt - 20 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Some things like that are just blaitent jokes, others are clearly clues as to where they really live.
tbone - 20 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
they live nowhere!!! why don't you get it!?!?
tbone - 21 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
is it up to you to decide which clues everyone should igonre and which to take into consideration? Lets do it this way then. The live near I95 right? how about when the camera pans up to show the earth, it looks like somewhere in the Illinois area. these are an example of conflicting clues, pointing to the fact that there is no one place they live. they live in "america town" USA.
drop_girl - 23 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I've often wondered what state they live in. I've put clues together over the years and have come up with a couple different places of my own. I think the novelty of the Simpsons is not really knowing for sure.
Matt - 23 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
It's pretty much up to sensible judgement, which most people possess. They are not really talking about a town in regards to pot bellied sparrow being the towns bird, and they're unlikely to be that close on the artistic detail as to pan the camera out from the correct state.
Martin - 24 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
In one Hallowe'en episode (the one about the mad advertising logos run amok in Springfield) there is a Paul Anka song referring to a guarantee. Lisa comes on at the end and says "Guarantee Void in Tennessee" which would imply that Springfield is in Tenessee as they would not need to heed the guarantee for residents.

Of course, all of the hallowe'en episodes are pretty much useless for this type of in depth review :)
Anonymous - 26 August 2006 [«« Reply to this]
what about the episode where there trying to get sugar back? Mr Burns: We're going south of the border! Homer: To Tennesee?
Twisted - 03 September 2006 [«« Reply to this]
could it ever be Colorado? near mountains, plains, oil and desert. Springfield Colorado is in southeastern CO. if anyone can disprove me please do so. I would love to think that springfield is in my home state of CT but I truly dont thing there is a springfield connecticut. possibly springfield MA because when the simpsons go to japan homer doesnt want to eat at the table shaped like the state where he lives. complaining about taxes possibly. im not sure hope some of those could help
THISGUY - 04 September 2006 [«« Reply to this]
its got to be new hampshire, now granted ther is no shelbyville next to the springfield but there is one east of cleveland ohio which is not all that far plus NH is definately within driving distance to NY. plus in the episode where mr burns gets trapped under the old man of the mountain rubble, well look at the NH state quarter there is an old man of the mountain. also on google maps you can clearly see that there is a lake right near by and the ocean not to far and a mountain range right next door. check and mate.
eli - 05 September 2006 [«« Reply to this]
i think its illonouis cuz theres a shelbeyvill by a spring fild plus if u look at the weather paters illonouis has all the types of weather patters the episodes have and it has a power plant and its by the ocean
nick - 12 September 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Matt Groening has said they live in springfield because its the most common city name in the country...there is no right answer
THISGUY - 02 October 2006 [«« Reply to this]
nick is a faggot
tyler1451 - 04 October 2006 [«« Reply to this]
ive narrowed it down to two states, either kentucky or oregan...

so you figure it out
stevie - 18 October 2006 [«« Reply to this]
i would love to find out which state they actually live in. but even though i ponder about it, i try to keep away from that thought. i say we just continue watching each new episode and sooner or later the creators of the show will reveal which state they reside in.

but from my belief, i believe they live in either MO or OH
lou - 07 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
if you look at pictures of the ohio nuke power plant, you will notice double cooling towers which i think is rare. most one i ve seen have only one.
the first time i saw a cooling tower was on the victoria river in oregon but i cant remember if there was 2 of them. also, maybe trying to match thing in the show like bildings and stuff with the real things might be the way to go. like--Birthplace of Norman Vincent Peale-- wich was born in ohio
i am new at this but i think this is realy fun
mt - 08 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
ok i just started this today but i have it ...i know where they live.....it is SPRINGFIELD ILLONOIS...and let me tell you why! because there is a SHELBYVILLE like 40 miles away. and a NUCLEUR PLANT! they perform the DEATH PENALTY....there next to A LARGE BODY OF WATER (AKA) THE GREAT LAKES and branson colorado is 1000 MILES AWAY and in one of the episodes where bart gives mr burns his blood he recives a letter from him stamped SPRINGFIELD,IL so there you have it and as for all the other hints i beleave that most are nothing more but ment to confuse us ....wich is why we all loveeeeeeeeeee the simpsons
Anonymous - 11 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
go to google earth and type in Springfield Illonois the place looks right to me.
tommo1uk - 15 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
i think they live in ohio! the episode where she is giving her address was a joke because you think she says "springfield, oh hiya maude" when it can also be taken as "springfield, ohio, maude" (as in marge just notices maude has just come in) other wise it was very pointless to include that scene because it has no relevance to anything and is never concluded!

cant be 100% sure too but i thought also when homer orders the power plant equipment to ship bart secretly back to springfield i think i saw ohio on the address on the box!

plus i dont think you can truly rely on using the cartoon landscape as a reference for where springfield is because i think alot of the time they adapt the city to fit the story like some episodes they have as good as put moes on the end of evergreen terrace and others they havent and homer has driven there!
Russ - 20 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I've taken this from a different point of view than most of the posts I've read. Since Springfield is thrown at us and they're toying with us about the state, their intention is never to own up to a real state. My way to deal with this is through process of elimination. There are many states where it CAN'T be. First of all, it can't be Florida becasue they're banned from there. They make reference to there being only two states where they're not banned in some episode, too. As for Ohio and Missouri, there are snow capped mountains on the horizon in more than one episode and last time I went to those two states, there weren't any. Also, they have a hurricane in one episode. Ever heard of a hurricane in Ohio before? Also, at one point, he gets in his car and travels 1800 ish miles to Florida (according to the road sign) so that pretty much eliminates Orgon, Washington, California, etc. Using proccess of elimination, they do have to live in the fictional state of North Takoma, becuse eventually, you have to eliminate all the real states.
Billy - 23 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
I will be honest, the Simpsons clearly live in Illinois, I know this because I lived in Illinois, and in Springfield, there is a power plant there and yes, arcades are a big thing there, even the Simpson's accent is Illinois, Look up pictures of Springfield, Ill...you will notice it is very similar to the cartoon city of Springfield. In one episode...if you look in the background, while Homer is traveling, a sign says, "Welcome to Illinois". The Simpsons are such a typical Illinois family as well.
Jonno - 23 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Watch "drawn together" "a tale of two cows", I think its season 2 episode 10 - theres a cross-feed during a news show to Springfeild CT outside a destroyed Simpsons house - all done in typical simpsons style drawing. Very quickly done and quite interesting to note how they name the state - perhaps the writers etc knew? or another random throw off.....
Billy - 24 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
The Simpsons do not have a New England Accent, so no It is not CT, Mass, NY, or anywhere in th' northeast. It is clearly Springfield, IL...If you look at a map of Springfield, IL and compare it to the Springfield, Simpsons...there is a similarity...The power plant in Springfield, Mass does not look like the one on the Simpsons, however the one in Springfield, IL does.
Billy - 25 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Geeze, I have to much time on my hands. More references I have found about where the Simpsons live, Springfield, IL has a Capital Airport (Capital city) generic name, an intro I saw pulling away from the earth puts them in Illinois, Shelbyville is 40 miles away, and there ia a lake near the power plants, and I heard an old rap from Bart in the early 90's say " I'm from Sringfield, Illinois, USA" and an episode I saw...Bart had a letter stamped Illinois...there ya have it, the (Capital) of Illinois is Springfield, and when you say to someone randomly..."where are the simpsons from?" they say back Springfield hmmm...that's in Illinois...there ya have it.
Peter Bengtsson - 26 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Wow! If we could only see some proof. For example, any idea which episode it is when you say one can see a sign where it says "Welcome to Illinois" like you mentioned a few comments ago?

Good work man!
Billy - 27 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
The episode I remember some parts, it was when a trillion or million dollars was stolen, Mr. Burns had put it away in the plant somewhere...all I remember, it was when I lived in Illinois, and I noticed a sign, you may have to pause it and look, it was dark, I remember that. But, anyone who lives or has lived in Springfield, Illinois can tell ya the Simpsons actual "Springfield" was based on that city, though it evolved over the years to many other settings, but in all it is IL. Another episode is a letter in Bart's hand, and it says IL, I noticed that. I lived in Springfield for two years, and I can see the IL family in the Simpsons...another actual place maybe "Salt Lake City, Utah...if ya look at that map it has so many Simpson values to it, like Ghomer St., Barton, five points, Capitol Avenue...but as I rule out Illinois.
Jeremy - 28 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Billy, I agree . I live in Chicago, have been to Springfield. it does look like the home of the Simpsons. yes and there is a capital airport north Springfield, there is a power plant near Springfield Lake and downtown looks almost exact as Springfield on the simpsons, also in Springfield, IL is the Lincoln thingy statue. so i agree Illinois i think.
Jeremy - 29 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
unusual, but another place may actually be a small townsomewhere in mass. I noticed the simpsons have a blend of states, IL, Mass, Oregon, CO, and even Florida
Billy - 30 November 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Another place that really matches other than ILLinois is Virginia, I mapped it...looks like it as well.
Melonie - 02 December 2006 [«« Reply to this]
hmmm..I remember that Shelbyville has a lemon tree...can't be too far north.
Billy - 02 December 2006 [«« Reply to this]
Melonie, true, but I think inspite of the trees n all that like scenery n trees, I think maybe some things are to throw ppl off. Illinois isn't what ya would call "north", it is Midwest. I watched an episode that had Capitol City, again, it looked like Chicago in that one...Groening had to base the cartoon somewhere in his mind, or had a place in mind, so there is a state.
Eminem - 07 December 2006 [«« Reply to this]
nah they live in Springfield, Mass or Illinois it's one of those 'nuff said.

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