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6 Reasons Why Springfield, Missouri, is Totally the Springfield from The Simpsons

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Missouri is No. 1!
Matt Groening, creator of the quintessential cartoon family The Simpsons, has tried to settle the long-running debate over which U.S. state is home to the show's setting, a fictional town called Springfield.

Twenty-five years after the show debuted, Groening admitted he'd imagined the Simpsons' hometown in Oregon, near his hometown of Portland. But because Springfield is such a common name for a town, even Groening admits that the Simpsons could live just about anywhere.

(Springfield is also in "any state but yours," as Bart pointedly scribbles during the chalkboard gag in the opening credits of a 2012 episode.)

See also: Vatican Got it Wrong: The Simpsons Aren't Catholic, They're Presbylutheran

Luckily for Missouri, real estate blog and list generator Estately decided to take matters into its own hands, devising an eleven-point test to decide once and for all which state must call the Simpsons' Springfield its own.

And the winner? Missouri, by a landslide.

"Springfield, Missouri, is the most populous of America's Springfields and easily won the title of 'Most Similar Simpsons City Named Springfield,'" says Ryan Nickum, Estately's blogger.

Springfield, Oregon, Groening's original inspiration, ranked at the very bottom of the ranking.

Here are six signs that prove Missouri has the most Simpson-like Springfield:

1. Missouri's Springfield has more Charles Burns in the phone book than any other Springfield.

Estately measured how many residents per capita had the same last names as characters on the Simpsons (Flanders, Quimby, Gumble, Burns, etc.) Springfield, Ohio, had the most people with names from the show, but only Missouri boasts a long list of men named Charles Burns. Illinois is still the only state with a Homer Simpson listing in the Springfield White Pages.

2. There are more mini-marts per capita in Springfield, Missouri, than in any other Springfield.

Apu Nahasapeemapetilon would be proud.

3. Steve Grant totally looks like Kent Brockman.

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Estately probably made up the category "local TV news reporter most resembling Kent Brockman" as a joke, but Steve Grant, a local TV reporter, bears a striking resemblance.

Continue on for three more reasons why Springfield, Missouri, is totally the Simpsons' hometown.



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14 comments
Aaron Lindsey-long
Aaron Lindsey-long

Nobody mentioned the times where they plan back over Springfield and you can see the arch.

guy30000
guy30000

Matt Groening said it was in Oregon.

Casey Lee Angus
Casey Lee Angus

Wow, you actually have Springfield, TN on there. Nice :)

Roberto Danger Teran
Roberto Danger Teran

Didn't the Simpson's take a short bus ride to Branson once? But ended up in Bronson by mistake first and every one there looked like charles bronson. There is a Branson MO. That settles it

Christine Cook Carlson
Christine Cook Carlson

I thought the creators just clarified this a while ago and said it was Springfield, Virginia?

Roberto Danger Teran
Roberto Danger Teran

We make Budweiser (Bud) in St Louis MO. In the Springfield of the Simpson's they make Duff which sounds like bud backwards. And it sponsors every sports event

Adam Vishy
Adam Vishy

Arbitrary categories to say the least. Furthermore "correlation does not equal causation"...having many comic book stores doesn't matter, you just need 1. I lived in Springfield, OR...it feels more simaler in size and culture than Springfield, MO.

ryanspilken
ryanspilken

This article missed one important connection: Springfield's Congressional Representative, Billy Long, IS the Rich Texan. Look into this, it's uncanny.

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