After more than 500 episodes, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has finally answered an age-old question: Where is Springfield, the anywhere-in-America town where Bart and Lisa have been in elementary school for over two decades?
Groening tells the Smithsonian Magazine that Homer and family call that state home as he once did: "Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon," he says.
"When I was a kid, the show Father Knows Best took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined it was the town next to Portland, my hometown."
"When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S."
"In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, 'This will be cool; everyone will think it's their Springfield.' And they have."
There have been clues dropped here and there, but one of the most easily identified links between fictional Springfield and real Springfield is Homer's job.
A former nuclear power plant was located for years in Rainier, Oregon, north of Portland. Who knew that was the source of so many great Simpsons quotes?
FUN FACT: There are 28 Springfields in the U.S., but that's actually only the fourth-most common town name behind Greenville, Franklin and Clinton!