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What state do the Simpsons live in?

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andrew kickass
everyone here is a total dipshit. matt groening is fucking with simpsons fans, because state geographrical locations completely change. some by the ocean, some not. one says minnesota is to the south,and moe mentions that it is all about the money while holding a canadian coin,(but they live in america). the closest state is oregon, matt groening was born there and some characters are street names....Problem. Fucking. Solved.
David Capo
Now that I think about it everyone who says Oregon is not to far off. As one person commented Oregon does have desert and it is by a harbor and it doe's snow there. Plus in the episode Kamp Krusty Krusty took the all the kids to Tijuana Mexico which isn't as far from Oregon as some of the other states we've mentioned on here. So it makes sense that they would go there from Oregon. Also in one episode I can't remember which one this was but they welcomed Las Vegas trash to their city. Oregon is fairly close to Vegas. Also in one episode Orlando Florida is 2653 miles from Springfield. That is about how many miles it is from Oregon. And as Simon at the top of the page noted when Homer and his buddies join the navy they sail into Russian waters. You would have to leave the west coast to do that.
David Capo
Oregon is also a Northern State as noted by the Capital City Goofball. So their confederate flag is an embarrassment.
Anonymous
why not michigan. Interstate 96 is only in michigan. Springfield, MI has a nuclear power plant and its address if 742 evergreen terrace, the simpsons address. Hmmm. Genius writers
KSP
Springfield Australia. They even say they are there
Simon sez
no they go there on vacation. then they go back to us. they dont live in australia
Linus Beatty
The Simpsons are from kentucky the is a section of frankfort kentucky that is refered to as capitol city and in coming to homerica Millhouse says that this is Tennesee Titans country and their is a shellbiville kentucky.
Anonymous
I know family guy is in Rhode Island :)
stanley
were off on the road to rhode island!! Family guy is the greatest show in the world. i love the episode family gay..
David Capo
I like to think that they are in my home state. NT
Anonymous
theyre from oregon you are all retarded. matt groening is from oregon. springfield oregon, located just outside of eugene, conveniently has a power plant. to anyone from here the signs are obvious. you are all apparently just dumb as fucking shit
Jesus
Guys, I think it's clear that there is no definite state, because there as so many clear clues that each point a different state. The writers are cleverly adding mystery to the show, because it's good for business. If you need proof, just look at how many comments there have been about where they're from, and think about how many times the people that wrote these comments have gone back and watched many many episodes. Think, if you're a writer for a TV cartoon with a deadline to make, as new episodes come out every week, and you have a great idea for an episode but it doesn't synchronize with the location, would you care enough to scrap the idea the night before it's due and work all night trying to think of a funny new one? I don't think so. So either accept the fact that there's no real answer and sleep well, or enjoy yourselves trying to deduce it. All I know for sure is that I'm way way smarter than all of you put together. Cheers!
Watevr
Jesus is right (sort of)... the writers are intentional and deliberate when they put all of these ambiguous and conflicting clues as to the "real" location. They go to great lengths to make sure that there are a variety of clues to support a number of different locations. As others have stated, you're not supposed to know becuase there is no one right answer and there is no mystery.
BIG BLACK COCK
HEY FUCKNUTS YOURE ALL WICKED RETARDED. JEEZ WHAT A STUPID STUPID GROUP OF PEOPLE!
David Capo
You say this without adding any real info?
David Capo
The T in NT could be mistaken maybe for a Y. They took a bus to Toronto Canada in one episode and New York borders Canada around where Toronto is.
j emski
There is a springfield and shelbyville in the following states....

IL, KY, MO, and TN....
j emski
And there is a power plant that dates back to the 60's in Illinois....

http://www.sj-r.com/homepage/x1194166825/Dallman-4-online-ahead-of-schedule-and-on-budget
David Capo
There is a power plant in North Carolina somewhere and it has a cooling tower I know that for a fact. I've also been told there's a Springfield somewhere here. I'm just not sure exactly where it is though.
David Capo
It could be Nebraska. In one episode Homer and Grandpa drive to Winnipeg to smuggle drugs into the United States. And Homer and Bart drive by Mount Rushmore on their way to Oregon.
Anonymous
YOU ARE ALL WRONG!! States competed to be the named the official state for the movie The Simpsons and the OFFICIALLY live in VERMONT!!
Ken Harding
I live in Shelbyville Illinois and you will all be happy to know that Matt Groening himself told me Springfield is based of Springfield Illinois. So im sorry Mr. Capo if that is your real name I'm pretty sure it is NOT North Carolina.
blue brother
these Simpsons live in my state of Oklahoma!! yeeeeeeeah
Anonymous
It shall always remain a mystery!
David Capo
Yes it shall.
MR.XY
I know what it is but when flanders said it neighbours between ohio, nevada, maine and kentuckey, those states are far, far, away and it is Illinois because it has shelybyville and springfield thanks to a mr ken harding so it's Illinois!!! yes!!! If you want me, well too bad i'm not showing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ken Harding
Sorry maybe I've missed something but what exactly aren't you showing MR.XY?
MacNasty
Springfield isn't in a state. It is supposed to represent a collaboration of all American states. This has been explained time and time again. It's fun to guess, but don't get so uptight about something created specifically to not be real. (as evidence- the state flag, the state motto, the surrounding towns, the street names, the references to the bordering states which are on opposite corners of the country). Calm down
Chris
In the episode Mr. Lisa goes to Washington the Simpson's state senator gets arrested for taking abride to drill for oil in moutn rushmore. Therefor, they live in the same state as mount rushmore
dex
All the evidence contridicts its self, which is why there are so many opions. I like to think that Springfield is a fictional city set in a fictional state in a fictional America in a fictional world. Think about it. Everyone has yellow skin and three fingers and a thumb on each hand. Plus it's a T.V show.
Anonymous
I've read ALOT of these comments and I've looked at some of the episodes and clearly they put the area codes and the sattilite images ect.ect in there on purpose so so when, in one episode someone says "I couldn't figure out what state you live in" and they awnser "If you look at the clues so you can figure it out" then people look for those clues and find them and they all point in different directions. What I'm trying to say is that there is no single and/or clear anwser to the question, they do this to mess with intelligent people like us. So let it go, just let it go.
Josh
I've read ALOT of these comments and I've looked at some of the episodes and clearly they put the area codes and the sattilite images ect.ect in there on purpose so so when, in one episode someone says "I couldn't figure out what state you live in" and they awnser "If you look at the clues so you can figure it out" then people look for those clues and find them and they all point in different directions. What I'm trying to say is that there is no single and/or clear anwser to the question, they do this to mess with intelligent people like us. So let it go, just let it go.
simpsons state?
you guy are so smart... well actually it depends on how old you are... how old are you?
David Capo
Well they do go to Niagara Falls so it could be Michigan or New York. And both those states have a harbor. So maybe Springfield is in one of those two states.
Man From Kentucky
They live in Kentucky. It said that in one episode. Cant remember which one. But I seem to remember that they said specifically North Kentucky. Why the crap do I have to prove I am not a Spam Robot? What is that? Plz tell me!! >:(
nick estergard
dudes they live in illinois
Anonymous
Hey I wanna add something in the Episode where Homer and Ned goes to Vegas they drive there and they get there pretty fast in less then a day. I personally think its Oregon.
Kevin
In the episode where George Bush moves in across the street Lisa says that this is a state that George Bush claims residency in which are as follows. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, Maine and New Jersey. In the episode where Homer mom makes her first appearance, Homer mistakes a tombstone for his Mom's which ends up being Walt Whitmans who is buried in NJ....THEY LIVE IN NJ!!!
.
in the episode "boy scouts 'n' the hood" when homer,bart, flanders and rod or todd (im not sure which one) were on the boat out in the ocean, homer says he smells hamburgers and has a krusty burger fun map with him. when he looks at it, it shows that there is a krusty burger out on an oil rig, out in the ocean near virginia, but also out in the ocean close to pennsylvania, other states shown that they were close to travelling near on the boat were south carolina, north carolina and florida. its not florida that they live in as the simpsons went on a vacation there once on kill the alligator and run. it may or may not be pennsylvania, as once ned flanders moved to humbletown (made up city) but it was still in driving distance, so wheather they already live in pennsylvania and flanders was just moving somewhere else.a reason that it could not be pennsylvania is that in one episode, "marge gamer" i think, she looks on the internet at paper towels, and finds that they are cheaper in pennsylvania. she then tells bart and lisa "were going to pennsylvania", which could indicate that they dont already live there. They could also live in one of the smaller states such as district of columbia, maryland, delaware or new jersey. I dont think its north or south carolina , personally i think they live in new jersey, as it is in driving distance to pennsylvania , the oil rig krusty burger was near it and when homer mistaked his mothers grave for walt whitmans, who i believe is buried in new jersey. so i think they live there. otherwise, if that isnt right, i think delaware or virginia, but im pretty sure its new jersey.
Anonymous
kentucky
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i found it. they live in Springfield,Virginia. the specific springfield (there may be more than one, im not sure),is interstate 95 Springfield. On one episode, the route 95 sign was shown, and looking itup on youtube,someone had found this specific Springfield. then to back this up, and make it at almost certain is ion the episode "the old man and the key" grampa and bart have to drive to Branson, Missouri, which they say is around 1000 miles away. kjnowing that springfield had to be between 500-1500 (give or take from 1000 miles)i looked it up and Interstate 95 Springfield was around 1087 miles away from Branson.Missouri. And in "bart star" hank and peggy hill from king of the hill are on watching Arlen play against Springfield in Pee Wee football. Hank mentions that they drove about 2000 miles, so give or take, in this case take Interstate 95 Springfield Virginia, was about depending on which route you take 1413 miles, 1415 miles, or 1518 miles. So there you have it, The simpsons live in Springfield Virginia.
andy
I don't think they live Illinois.
In the Simpsons movie Homer spends the last of their money to try and win a truck.
How did they manage to get to Alaska without any money and assuming the truck already had a full tank of fuel?
Anonymous
I believe its either pennsylvania or new jersey

clues - in the episode when they decide to randomly go skiing after marge was suggesting throwing out some of homers old skis. It can be deduced that the ski resort is not too far away from where they live, because the next scene immediately shows them at the ski resort. Towards the middle of the episode marge has a clock drop on her leg, injuring it. Homer says that he wants the best treatment for his wife, the EMT changes the destination sign to Beth Isreal (there is a beth isreal hospital in Massachusetts and New York, not too far from new jersey or pennsylvania). Being that beth isreal is a reknowned and pricy place to get treatment homers says something to the effect of "not that good of treatment." The EMT changes the destination sign to St. Mary's (theres a st. mary's medical center in PA and NJ) Although this clue does not completely narrow it down to the states of PA and NJ, it at least suggest that they live in an eastern state.

- its not missouri, in one episode they travel to branson, missouri and lisa states that its about 1100 miles away from where they live. New Jersey and Pennsylvania fit this range of distance.

- There is this repetitive theme in the show which references the water in the area they live in as being woefully polluted and reputed and such (three eyed fish and syringes anyone?) and being near a coastline as well. New Jersey is infamously known as having one of the most polluted shorelines of all coastal states, and pennsylvania shores arent that much better either.

- in the episode when homer becomes a baseball mascot the family moves away to capital city and reference to it as if the capital city they are talking about is in the same state they live in. From this I deduce that they are referring to moving to the capital of the state that they live in. The mascot that homers is replacing is called the capital city goofball, which is awfully similar to a mascot for the philadelphia phillies called the Philly Phanatic. Again this doesnt completely prove that its pennsylvania, but it does serve as indication. To me, it at least shows that the family lives somewhere on the east coast, in or around the tri state area (PA, NY, NJ)

- PA allows the death penalty, NJ did up until 2007 when the law was changed. No episodes past 2007 feature anyone getting executed, so PA and NJ are still possibilities
Anonymous
and you can get in vegas in one day from almost anywhere in the us. or at most 1 - 1 and a half days if you try.
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portland oregon... they said it last night!
Jamiroquai
this particular springfield may verywell be in Virginia thanks to an episode where fat tony drives by a sign in the town indicating interstate 95 and the only state with a springfield with interstate 95 going through it is Virginia. Don't believe me? check it out on google maps.
Barbara
I'll probably get slammed or ignored but lets look at some external facts: Its a cartoon... by Matt Groening. I say this because Matt is known for his subversive comedy.
All of the "clues" are meant to make it "anywhere, USA" as it has been said many times. In the various episodes where a map is shown Springfield is in a different place everytime. In the episode where they show the area code could be a red herring. Purposefully meant to be misleading. Just because its an area code from one state does not negate being in another. Who hasn't heard of people with cell phones from other states?
Back to Matts sense of humor: when a "clue is given" consider the source. Homer for example is not known for his intellegence, Lisa is. Anytime a state is mentioned or hinted at it never really says difinitavely that they CURRENTLY LIVE THERE. Perhaps at one time they did, perhaps they didn't and its just mentioned or hinted at to give us all something to talk about. :) The fact is, because Matt is a comedian, we never will know what clues are clues, and which clues are just space filler and tricks.
Matt himself has been quoted as saying they live in the "fictional state of North Takoma. If There were to be an actual state people wouldn't feel as much of a kinship to the family because of a shared statehood.
A better way to look at where springfield is (an you will all flay me for this) imagine springfield and its surrounding area, is portable. That it is moving about the States like a floating Cloud city,landing temporarily at its destination which is decided by what fits the storyline, and then once again being lifted and transported to another location. The Simpsons Springfields' location is soft.
I could go a little further but I'm tired now and am making so many spelling mistakes that I'm ashamed with myself.
Feel free to debate as conversation and diversity of opinion is an awesome thing. :)
IMhO there is no real State, but its fun to try anyway
MiraiMaki
Best. Answer. Ever. -Comic book guy
Julie
Springfield isn't in a state. It is supposed to represent a collaboration of all American states. This has been explained time and time again. It's fun to guess, but don't get so uptight about something created specifically to not be real. (as evidence- the state flag, the state motto, the surrounding towns, the street names, the references to the bordering states which are on opposite corners of the country).
mishaal
it's a made up place.. they jus want LOSERS like you guys to spend all your life trying to figure it out...their is no way a state can border navada and maine.... look at a map you idiots
mishaal
yes their are so many clue but they all conterdict each other....you guys need to move out of your moms basement and get jobs LOSERS
ICU
if all there people are losers and living at home in their moms basements...then aren't you the same way considering you have written comments on this page...its just a website. dont be so mean, dude. not kool
Random Creeper Whom Is Always Right
I just watched 'behind the laughter' simpsons anyways they live in south mississippi X3
derek murray
listen chas and mishaal,cop fuckin on u dicks.this is a friendly genuine comment page 4 every1 around the world 2 figure out a simple fact.only its not that simple.so leave ppl 2 it and fuck off.if u weren't that concerned u wouldn't have viewed this page...anyway,as a simpsons expert i can easily dissapoint all u fans by sayin we will never know where they live until it is revealed by matt groening himself.with all the experts and geniuses in the world,not 2 mention the millions of fans and keeping in mind there is billions of ppl in the world and nobody can figure it out.with at least 450 episodes laterand all the hints in the world its now time 2 sit back,relax and just leave things be.so all the smart comments left by know it all dickheads like them other 2 shit bags,find something else 2 do,and 2 all the ppl still trying 2 figure it out,good luck.
luv-lee <3
OK, these are all great suggestions, and since so many are the same then we know we are on the right track. But I looked it up, and there is NO Evergreen Terrace (the street the Simpsons live on) in the US. There are Evergreen streets, drives, and parkways in MO, NJ, and OH.
Thus like a number people have suggested, it is just a made up place.
And for all the people calling others names, etc, that is extremely immature, so keep your opinions to yourselves plz.
Isaac
I hope this helps

just google search there adress and it comes up as massachussett. Evergreen Terrace, Hampden, MA 01036
lucy
idk where they live. i think matt groening is just messing with us. they live anywhere and everywhere. can we all agree they liv in springfield. no state, just springfield. it dosnt matter which state there from, its a show. shows never give clear answers.
Consider this!
its a tv how. its not real. its never real. its a cartoon. ade purely for entertainment. one day they live in kentucky and the next day they live in Illinois. either move states overnight or they dont exist. they are not real. its just imagnation. trust me.
Beccii
theres an pisode im watching right now called regarding margie. the address says:
"Scott and Brenda
Weingarten
74 Evergreen Terrace
Springfield, USA"

No state was included. which means is no existing state they live in.
Anonymous
there is 1 episode during the opening credits, when they zoom out of their house then their city, than the US, than earth and so on, and the location looked about where illinois
matt
illnois
Anonymous
They live in MI. In the episode three men and a comic book bart takes a can or something to the quick-e-mart, Apu asks Bart if he wants to use the money for another squishee but Bart says he needs the dime. If you look at the top of an aluminum can 10 cents is in MI.
Ben
They live in "North Takoma" a fictional state combine all springfields (and one shelbyville) but the question is where is it?

It has to be on the east side, but it isn't North Takoma spreads throughout the United states being as the states in it are sections. So the animators change it every time. Capitol City being Springfield Illinois. In one episode Lisa points out the sprinfield map West springfield is bigger than Texas, which is Waverly Hills
Kevin
The state is supposed to encompass all the characteristics of a bunch of U.S. states. For instance:
Homer's License reads NT and the postal ZIP code as 49007, which is Kalamazoo Michigan.
The Area codes for Springfield are 636 which is in Missouri, and 939 which is in Puerto Rico.
The state is said to be 2,000 miles from Orlando Florida.
I-95 runs through this state.
The state has the death penalty.
The state has a nuclear power plant.
The state borders Nevada, Maine, Kentucky, and Connecticut.
All maps of the state are very vague and can be over several different states. The state is fictional and was made so on purpose so that people at work won't be bored because they will have something to keep them occupied.
Ruckus09
EXACTLY ive been saying that for years now.
Luke
no no ....people have to argue over which state the simpsons live in even though the state they auctually live in is completey FICTIONAL!!!!! Can't you get that in your head dumbasses. Thanks to Kevin for clearing that up.
Anonymous
p.s the name of the town the simpsons live in is in the episode ' two bad neighbours'
Ass Fag
Im Happy
Anonymous
It's based in Pennsylvania
Ventious
In the episode where they go to Florida, near the very end, They've been banned from nearly every state in the US. How could they live in a state where they are banned from? Simple, it's just Springfield, an imaginary state/province/place.
Owed2aGrecianurn
Walt Whitman is buried in (or near) Springfield and since Walt Whitman is actually buried in Camden, New Jersey, I'd say the Simpsons live somewhere near Camden. The area is certainly crappy enough to be Springfield.
Jesse
In the latest episode (Season 21 ep. 21 aired on May 9, 2010. Moe narrates, in the opening few seconds, that he moved to the city because "the zip code looks like "BOOBS" on a calculator." A quick google search puts the Simpson's town of "Springfield" in a location known as "Barney, ND." The actual town of "Springfield, ND" is approximately 250 miles away. Unless someone else can spell "BOOOBS" on a calculator any other way than "58008". So maybe the secret is still out there.
Frayed
Man I hate to do this to you but you can also spell boobs 80085 I think that's Louisiana.
Anonymous
They live in a state where 5 states connect to it. West Virgina. Watched it on the new episode where Side Show Bob escapes from prison and kid naps Bart taking him to Mexico.
Anonymous
there is no 80085 zip code
Anonymous
North Dakota, because the epsisode in which Moe says he's going to run away with either Apu, Reverend Lovejoy, or Homer's wife, he said he moved here because it spelled BOOBS on the calculator, with is 58008, which is Barney North Dakota, and Springfleid is near Barney. Also snow so it makes sense! this is from wiki
Anonymous
i hate to burst your bubble but i can spell boobs on a calculator!!
Anonymous
I think it's misuri because in one episode where homer is complaining about thier area code they say it's 636 which is a misuri area code
Dylan
Since there is about a million springfields in the US, I saw next to Louisville Kentucky, simpsonville sits right next to shelbyville. also in an early episode they said it was a "northern Kentucky family."
Anonymous
watch episode 2120 - To Surveil With Love, homer and friends bet inside a bar about the weather and there is a u.s map with clouds, the news man later says "golf ball sized hail." If you look at the states where the clouds are I believe close to them are the possibilities. I have always thought Springfield Illinois.
Anonymous
they might live in springfield, ne. On the episode when the bring the map zoomed out to the aliens (i forget what its called) and it looked like it zoomed out of nebraska
gman
there is no springfield it is a fictional place in america
Peter Bengtsson
Boooring! Come on! Keep faith alive!
jason
I think its fictional but it is supposed to be BASED on a mid west style state but it actually isn't ont because its got desert, ocean, land lock, forest and so on..... thank-you, jason from london england
Anonymous
if u watch the episode in which sideshow bob switches faces with the new neighbor they go to where the 5 states meet following state highway 194 which goes through Springfield Indianapolis
nick-louisville
when nelson has his birthday party he asks if route 88 was backed up, that hwy is in california and goes into nevada, with the hurricanes that they refrence i believe they live in california, which sucks because california sucks, Go Louisville
JimJames
check this out.

first off, all the different clues, they don't add up. what makes the most sense is illinois but there are a number of clues refuting that possibility. so most likely the makers are just toying with people. like people have said, springfield is supposed to be a slice of america, not a real place with a real location.

but theres another question that you can ask: what city is springfield based on?

one of the producers said NT in the license plate stands for north tacoma. which doesnt exist, but tacoma does. its in washington.

theres one crazy clue I found for Springfield to be based on the Washington tri-cities. not 'be' in washington, but based on the tri-cities.

this is way leftfield btw.

in the episode eternal moonshine of the simpson mind (season 19), homer falls down a hill. theres a sign on the hill that reads: Snow Sculpture Contest. Every word is in a new line. Signs are often used to contain hidden messages.

So the first 3 letters of each word are: SSC. So that would be an abbreviation. SSC can stand for a number of things, says wikipedia, but none of those could contain any information. Except for one: Shelby Super Cars. A car manufacturer.

It is based in the tri-city area. In september 2007 their SSC Aero car broke the guiness world record for speed. The episode that contains the SSC sign aired in december of that year.

Conclusion: Springfield is not IN Washington, its not in a real state, but its BASED on the tri-cities.
JimJames
The shelby part is relevant cause of shelbyville naturally. And I know the company was founded after the conception of the simpsons, but the clue was not. And the world record probably occured sometime in pre-production.

So my reasoning goes: Sign - Letters say SSC - Abreviation - What real life abreviation could be relevant to Simpsons - Shelby Super Cars - Location SSC: Tri-cities = Basis for Springfield.

Also this is in line with A LOT of clues.

Examples: drive to Oregon. west of the lakes. in a northern state (due to climate and geographical evidence). on the westcoast (same). and to top if off a quote from one of the producers himself.
chris
Area code of Homer Simpson's private police force company in The Simpsons, The Simpsons (season 13), Episode 22, "Papa's Got a Brand New Badge", and of Springfield before it was split into 636 and 939 in The Simpsons (season 12), episode 2, A Tale of Two Springfields.

btw the area code 636 is an area code from missouri ;D enjoy guys :D
chris
so theyre obviously from missouri :)
hector
Dudes I KNOW THE ANSWER IF ITS NORTH OF MISSOURI AND STARTS WITH AN O ITS IOWA don't get mad at me if you find some proof against me
hector
sorry wait its nebraska
David Capo
Yeah I'm thinking it's any state that starts with an N.
hector
wait no in the episode ON A CLEAR DAY I CAN'T SEE MY SISTER it shows its in Iowa but in the episode MOANING LISA she wails out for the farmer in Iowa. so its a tie between Iowa and nebraska so we need some proof for a tie breaker
David Capo
Man it could be Northern California.
Anonymous
In that case if it's between Nebraska and Iowa, it would be Sioux city.
anono
i'm pretty sure it's meant to be a generic place designed to represent every state. The bit in the simposons movie about it bordering on Ohio, Maine, Nevada and Kentucky I think supports this, as well as lisa's line in "Half-Decent proposal; "west springfield is three times the size of texas. there are no states with an area three times the size of texas. nonetheless, I'll put up areas which I think can be eliminated.

It has a coast. Springfield has a harbor and a beach from which they can reach international waters (you can get to open sea from any of the great lakes). So all the land locked states can be ruled out. Thats:
Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. It can't be Maine or Ohio either, because it borders them. In "Maggie makes three" Homer implies that Springfield is not in California, and Skinner does the same about Upstate New York in "22 short stories". They don't live in Florida because they went there on vacation in "Kill the alligator and run". It has to get a fair degree of snow, every winter, so Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia can be ruled out. In one episode they are planning on flying to Delaware, so it's not Delaware. Homer sales in a nuclear sub from Springfield to Russian waters, which implies they're on the west coast, but he could have sailed the long way around. I'd say the leading candidates are Illinois and Oregon. No one has mentioned these states, and I think they're possibilities too: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan.
croc hunter
springfield, australia.

i live here and sure they came here on holiday but every day i walk outside the house it feels like a holiday.
muff
well, in the "behind the laughter" episode the narrator says sumthin about "...this norther Kentucky family"
Anonymous
That's what I said!!! (high 5! lol)
David Capo
SLAP (Me slapping high five)
Anonymous
If there were an answer yet people would know. If no one knows him he wrote futurama and there are so many lil things in that show. A created languge that u have to desipher among other little fun facts and codes. And that show was on for less then five full seasons. It prob started out abiguous and as people grew intrest with popularity they desided to start leaving clues and at this point its so built up u have to wait till the end of the show. He is good with closure as we have seen with futuramas many cancelings so if he wants it to be known it will be by the end of the show.
David Capo
Or it could very possibly be New York since they ran into Bender in one of the episodes that take place in the future. That's where Futurama takes place.
David Capo
Sorry bud but I'm pretty sure Springfield is in the US of A.
David Capo
The last one was for the croc hunter. The reply button is screwing up on me right now...
me
you guys are all nerds, in the episode where sideshowbob tries to kill bart using the 4 states that meat chief wiggum comes from one of the states
David Capo
Aw yeah dude never thought of this. But which states are they? One of them's obviously Texas.
me
they cant live in new york because homer says it sucks plus who cares.
Anonymous
I know this doesn't exactly pinpoint a certian state but in the tenth commandment episode Bart pleads with homer not to cut the illegal cable wire because he will miss watching the Atlanta Braves. So maybe a south eastern state. (He still could live anywhere though)
David Capo
Hey North Dakota because in one episode Moe said he moved to Springfield because the ZIP code spelled BOOBS. (58008)
the grilla
durango mexico?
mar
Its not MI... When Homer meets his half brother, there is a sign at the end of the show that said now leaving MI.
Anonymous
to much snow? not to long to canada? There in vermont
Brendan
I'ts a made up springfield because it has to includ an ocean because they had a hurricane and also cartoons live in made up cities like king of the hill arlen texes and family guy Quahog rhode island sorry if I spelled it wrong the only show that has a relly city is god the devil and bob on [adult swim] so there's no springfield but there's a simpson house in las vegas
the grilla
it seems like there is a contradiction in a lot of episodes about the location. theres hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, desert, ocean, a world trade center, a hollywood style sign that says springfield i think springfeild is a place in a secret location kind of like area 51 but like Brendan says theres a simpsons house in los vegas so all signs point to nevada my home state muthha fukkas
HAPS B
THIS POST IS STILL OPEN? MY GOD!!! MOVE ONTO SOMETHING ELSE PEOPLE IT WAS ESTABLISHED YEARS AGO TO BE MISSOURI END OF THREAD!!! NEXT.....
David Capo
Maybe...
Harmony
and you still come back .....
David Capo
Maybe...
Anonymous
everybody the state the simpsons liv in does not exist watch the map of the states as you hear the reding of the essays in mr. lisa goes to washington and you will see the the letters on the state is NT and that is not a state but you have to pause is at the right time to se it
the grilla
NT has to mean Nevada territory.
Anonymous
They live in Illinois. When you think of Springfield.. it is Illinois!
j
just saw an old episode of the Simpsons, the one about revenge, and right at the end of the episode, homer and the old cowboy/adventure capitalist dude are fighting with each other. Bart tells a story about revenge "bartman" and at the end of it homer and the old guy make nice because they both found out they are from Connecticut! I would put my money on Springfield being here somewhere

P.s. couldn't find the name of the other character
Andrew
eather Illinois or indana
Andrew
watch this to find out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx_lIv5SkHM

and heres some states that they dont live in

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx_lIv5SkHM
David Capo
Having returned recently from a trip to the West Coast, I've discovered that in fact several streets in Portland Oregon are named after Simpsons Characters. So also possibly based on Springfield Oregon.
Dovydas
it's in Kentucky just found out
Anonymous
david thats because groening is from portland.

i think its montana because homer attempts to pay bard with bills printed by the "montana militia" ahahah
Parody
The MOST concrete clue that I have ever seen drives home the conclusion that they are not from any real state in the US, and it could make the argument that they are, in actuality, from Canada.

Watching the episode "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington" I kept a close eye on the map as they were traveling around the country displaying different contestants give their speech. When it pans back to Lisa's speech, the map crosses over a section where 4-states (territories?) meet at a single point, with Springfield in the one at the Northwest corner. Anyone who paid the slightest bit of attention in grade school geography knows that this implies it could only be Utah. However, that precludes the assumption that it is in the US, and that overrules a fact that is hidden in the same clip.

Just as the map is fading from the shot of the map over to Lisa giving her speech, the abbreviation "NT" is displayed the same as a state's abbreviation would be displayed on the map. It goes by far too quickly and is so faded that you can't make it out unless you pause the video at the perfect time. The catch here is that there is no US state with the abbreviation NT, however this is the abbreviation of the Northwest Territories in Canada. Far fetched, right? Well take a look at a map. The Northwest Territory just happens to also be in the Northwest corner of a 4-province intersection.

Unfortunately, this argument falls apart in the exact same episode. A clip later on shows a man lobbying to demolish Springfield National Forest. The map he is showing depicting the forest has Springfield U.S.A. written in big letters on the bottom. Interestingly, it shows a Springfield Lake which holds a striking resemblance to the Springfield Lake just south of Springfield Illinois. There are a lot of other clues dispersed throughout the episodes that indicate this is the true state, but there are also clues that say it cannot be in Illinois, including one where Homer points to Springfield Illinois on a map as his home town, but Lisa tells him he's wrong.

I thought it was interesting that someone stated earlier that a fictional state named North Tacoma was credited by David Silverman as the "actual" home of the Simpsons. In all reality, this makes the most sense. As so many people have pointed out, there are conflicting "facts" about the Simpsons home state that can only be justified with a fictional state. In one episode, the Simpsons are holding hands while each one of them is standing in a different state, including Maggie. This means that they were standing in 5-different states that came together at the same point! That's only possible if we create a fictional state. There are MANY other "facts" that support the claim that Springfield is in a fictional state. All you need to do is scroll through this site to see all the conflicting arguments.

North Tacoma fits the bill, from the earlier explanation that the state's postal abbreviation is NT. So now the real question becomes, where would North Tacoma's boundaries be drawn?
SpringfieldILissimpsonshome
WHATEVER, it is Springfield, Illinois. The creator lives nearby to my knowledge. Which to me, screams that it is Springfield, IL. We have a mayor, the water arguement (we have Lake Springfield...other than that we have lots of land obviously), MANY of the resteraunts are similarly named after Springfield sites. WE have a shelbyville~! .....we have the smokestacks~!~!~! Did I mention the creator is from nearby?

SPRINGFIELD, IL....watcht he old contest videos. Springfield, IL actually presented nothing BUT real evidence, most of which is different from the stuff I cited.

Furthermore, long ago they did an episode on the toxic lake (because of the power plant)....Springfield's power plant SITS on the lake is partly maintained by the company.....ANDDDD shortly before that episode I do believe we had an outbreak of dangerous Leptospirosis stemming from extensive contact with the lake, and the occuring bacteria levels......

Nearly every episode screams Springfield, IL....it is such a mute point to argue otherwise imo, but go head trolls.....I challenge anyone to come up with more evidence than Springfield, IL.

And I hate the "maps" arguement.....there are many episodes where they tease viewers with maps, and they tend to be very different. Obviously Springfield is a metaphor for hometown, America.

However....creator living nearby + evidence = Springfield, IL
MiraiMaki
I understand the creator is from Oregon and based most of Springfield on the Springfield there (however he clarifies that the Springfield in the Simpsons world is not the same Springfield). Illinois actually has some of the best evidence supporting it that I've seen. But for my money, Springfield is everywhere and nowhere. There's evidence for and against a lot of states (Illinois included), most of which conflict each other and lead to nothing conclusive. I think if there HAS to be an answer, Illinois and Oregon would have the most similarities to the fictional town, but I'm pretty sure there is no real answer.
Anonymous
it is springfeld, IL because in the 9th episode of the 19th season the zoom out from there house to see a map of the world and it looks like it is in kuntuky, BUT, in the simpsons movie the say that one of the border states of springfeild is kuntucky which elimanates kuntucky from being the state they live in and since IL is right next to KN it must be Springfeild,IL.
Harmony
Maybe play one of the episodes backwards and see if there's a hidden message...
scott
the simpsons live in florida because in the simpson hit and run buy marges inmate costume and at the back it says florida state
terrence
The simpsons are from Ohio. In the Halloween episode where the giant ads come to life (either #5 or #6 i think), a building that's identified as "The birthplace of Vincent Peals" gets crushed. Norman Vincent Peale is from Ohio. Check his Wikipedia page.
terrence
The simpsons are from Ohio. Check the Halloween special #5 or #6. The one where the ads come to life. A building identified as "The birthplace of Vincent Peale" gets crushed by the lard lad monster. Norman Vincent Peale is from Ohio. Check his Wikipedia page.
Jamie Ross
most of u are fucking idiots. just to back up chas here, the simpsons are from ohio! how could u guys not know this by now?
Jamie Ross
when marge is giving their home address over the phone in one episode she is clearly about to say ohio just before maude randomly walks in, as a not so subtle cover up, not to mention the fact the show has ohio written all over it with its surroundings and characters. they put in all these other clues to keep idiots like u guessing years after the question has already been answered. shame on anyone who said anything other than OHIO!
aoVI
Oregon.
David Capo
I'd say Oregon.
rastafarian
hey it can't be montana because in one episode homer gave ned flanders a card that says "meet me in moontana. from jesus"
mememe
just saw tonight's episode. as they were zooming out it seemed to be around michigan, so i'd say illinois or ohio
From Hello
I just finished listening to a radio broadcast saying that the state they live in is Oregon. Saying that it is based off of Portland or something like that.
Anonymous
see the gay marrige episode and look up in wich states its legal
Fred
ok...possibly the town Springfield is in North Takoma which is probably east-central US
west springfield being thrice texas, would then cover much of west us.
kentucky/illionois/ohio/north missouri area
Frank
In "Sideshow Bob Roberts",someone on the KBBL radio station said "51th state".

Springfield is 51st state
Frank
In "Sideshow Bob Roberts", the clocks in the background when Barlow is speaking shows the times of different places. Springfield does not match the time for Los Angeles. Therefore, it can not be Pacific Time Zone, so can not be on the West Coast.
ciaran marshall
Springfield is in Oregon
Jesus
Jesus H Christ... I can't believe people are still posting on here. I came on this site like 4 years ago and now see that STILL no one has found the answer yet. But keep trying. I'm sure you'll all get it one day, all you have to do is find a state that has a city 3 times bigger then Texas y'all.
Anonymous
SPRINGFILED OHIOOOOOO
Anonymous
there is an episode where they show a map of the U.S. and they cross off another state they were banned from and theres only like 2 states not marked off one of them have to be the state they live in
MiraiMaki
The Simpsons marathon might revive a few threads floating around on the interwebs like this one...

Based on what I've read here so far, all I've learned is that a sad amount of Simpsons fans don't actually understand Simpsons humor...so many facepalms.
eric barinka
actually, the state in which springfield resides was revealed years ago. in one of the episodes homer holds up his drivers license showing his address. his thumb is of course strategically placed over the state however the zip code is still visible if you freeze frame and zoom in (yes i obviously have far too much time on my hands). the zip code is in michigan.
Anonymous
I'm not biased, as I have lived in many of these states but through my travels and research, there is no doubt in my mind it's Oregon. If you follow the trail from Oregon to California you will see.

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