The Simpsons: One reason Springfield is definitely in your state

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The location of The Simpsons hometown of Springfield has been kept a mystery for decades, but it could definitely be in your state.

Where exactly is Springfield, home of The Simpsons?

It’s a question that hasn’t been solved since the show made its debut in 1989.

Every state wants to lay claim to being home to “Springfield” where the Simpsons reside, where you can find the Kwik-E-Mart and where the Isotopes play.

But we’ve never really had an answer as to where it is. Just speculation that it might be in your state.

In fact, Springfield is the most common city name in the entire country. The name of the city is spread throughout the map and has fans trying to figure out where it actually is. Many believe it’s in their state and have plenty of reasons why.

The show itself has had fun with this over the years, even doing a chalkboard gag in 2012 with Bart writing “The true location of Springfield is in any state but yours.” It was a clever gag that left the mystery wide open still.

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50.California

If you’ve watched an episode of the Simpsons over the years, you have certainly noticed the town square that sits in downtown Springfield.

The irregular rectangle that makes up town square features a sidewalk, grass, and trees as it leads up to Town Hall. In the center sits a bronze statue of Jebediah Springfield, the founder of the city.

So why is this important?

Well, one of the California connections to the show that makes us believe Springfield is in the state has to do with the town square.

The town square is very similar to the one in Arcata, California.

Arcata’s popular town square is built with grass, trees and is surrounded by a sidewalk. Like the one in Springfield, it also has a statue right in the middle.

Like the statue in Springfield, this one is also bronze but is of President William McKinley. It’s one of a dozen statues of McKinley found throughout the United States.

Also like Springfield, the Arcata town square holds several events throughout the year and is often a gathering spot for residents.

An entry on Simpsons Wikia states that Springfield’s town square was actually designed after the one in Arcata. However, there is no official confirmation of that but this similarity could be the reason why Springfield is located in California.

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49. West Virginia

To reveal if West Virginia is indeed where the city of Springfield is based on, we won’t look at an episode but instead, the movie made about the show.

“The Simpsons Movie” released in theaters back in 2007 ending the longtime hope that a movie about our favorite family.

In the movie, there’s a moment where Ned Flanders reveals information about the state that Springfield is in. Flanders says that there are four states that border Springfield: Ohio, Nevada, Maine, and Kentucky.

Now obviously that reveal throws it off because there is no state in real life that border those states. Nevada is out West, Maine in the East, Ohio in the Midwest and Kentucky in the South.

But if you look at a map, there are two states that border at least two of those states listed.

Both Indiana and West Virginia share borders with Ohio and Kentucky. The theory is that since West Virginia borders two of these states, it’s possible the producers and writers didn’t want to reveal too much and left us this hint.

There is a Simpson, West Virginia as well as a Simpson Creek in West Virginia that was named after hunter and trapper John Simpson.

48. North Carolina

North Carolina is known as the “Tar Heel” state but University of North Carolina Tar Heels fans will be a little upset for this reason.

The state is home to prominent colleges such as UNC, Duke University, North Carolina State and Wake Forest. All four sit on Tobacco Road and have historic college basketball programs.

Homer has been known to express his love for sports on the show over the years, just look at all of the times he’s sat on the couch watching sports on TV.

With numerous sports references, one stands out just a little bit for for North Carolina than others.

During the Season 27 premiere back in 2015, Marge asks Homer to be good for just a month after a marriage counseling session. The episode then flashes forward to March 31 where Marge applauds Homer for his behavior watching the NCAA Tournament, having a sober St. Patrick’s Day and behaving on the Easter holiday.

During one of the scenes, it shows Homer sitting at the table with his breakfast and coffee. But what he’s wearing had people talking.

Homer revealed himself as a “Anybody but Carolina” fan, a saying described by Duke and NC State fans as rooting for other teams over the Tar Heels. He’s wearing a Duke shirt and holding a NC State flag while at the table.

It’s very possible that the Springfield portrayed in the show is in the state of North Carolina and Homer just can’t root for the Tar Heels.

The whole rooting for Duke and NC State is a bit weird, however.

47. Alabama

Is it possible that Springfield is actually based in Alabama? The show hinted at it during an episode in season 26 titled “Walking Big & Tall.”

But the reason has to do with theft.

According to the Simpsons, the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama is not only home to the University of Alabama and its historic football team but it’s also home to a town anthem that is similar to Springfield’s.

Moe Szyslak gets the allegations going in the episode when he bursts into a town hall meeting.

The owner of Moe’s Tavern took a trip to Tuscaloosa and claims the town stole the anthem from Springfield after it sounded a lot like it.

Now it’s possible that writers from the show actually went to Alabama due to some cool mentions about Tuscaloosa in the show.

The official Twitter account of the Simpsons even backed up the claim:

So with Tuscaloosa apparently having a similar theme song as Springfield, it is indeed very possible that the city is based in Alabama.

Now we just need Homer to say “Roll Tide” and we can wrap this one up folks.

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46. Alaska

There are actually more reasons as to why Alaska is not the state Springfield is located in.  But there are a few hints as to why it could be.

One of those comes due to the apparent size of West Springfield.

In the episode “Half-Decent Proposal”, Lisa mentions that West Springfield is three times the size of the state of Texas.

Now Texas is pretty big and the second biggest state in the United States. There’s only one state bigger: Alaska.

So connecting the dots here, if West Springfield is three times the size of the state of Texas, that means it can only fit in Alaska.

Therefore, Alaska’s main claim is based on something Lisa said and the apparent size of West Springfield. The theory does hold some water to it if indeed Lisa is telling the truth.

Alaska is a big state so when Homer complains about an airline routing all flights through Nome, Alaska, it makes some sense. They do fly an airline that runs through Alaska and not many do, unless you live there.

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45. New Hampshire

The state of New Hampshire actually has a Springfield in it but can we say for sure that it’s the one the Simpsons live in?

For our theory, we go to a romance novel written by Marge where she mentions a pretty popular city in the state of New Hampshire.

In the Season 15 episode “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife,” Marge pens a novel titled “The Harpooned Heart” which later is turned into a spoken novel.

The romance novel features a woman named Temperance Barrow, based on Marge, and a man named Cyrus Manley who is based on Homer.

It takes place in New England, mentioning the Nantucket Island.

But it also mentions Portsmouth, a city in New Hampshire, which isn’t too far from the Nantucket Island.

It’s possible that Marge was writing the novel in a place she grew up and has the New Hampshire ties in there for that reason.

Portsmouth is similar to Springfield in the show as it’s bordered by a large body of water, the Atlantic Ocean. It also has an international airport, much like Springfield does.

Recently Bart revealed himself as a fan of the Boston football team much to Homer’s displeasure. In New Hampshire, the closest team is the New England Patriots giving us another sign of what could be.

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44. Maryland

For the state of Maryland we go back to the founder of Springfield, Jebediah Springfield, and how he discovered it.

The story is that a group of explorers led by Jebediah founded Springfield in 1796. The group left the state of Maryland after misinterpreting a verse in the bible.

They then split after he refused to be the founder of a town where men were free to marry their own cousins. The other half of the group found Shelbyville, a nearby town that is a rival of Springfield.

But how does this connect to Maryland? There’s actually a Selbyville, Delaware which sits on the border of Maryland.

It’s possible that the creators didn’t want to give too much away and decided to just add the “h” to Selbyville instead of keeping it the same.

The theory would mean that Springfield is located in Maryland which is very close to Selbyville. The proximity of the two cities in the show often has them called as the Twin Cities despite the heated rivalry between the two.

The location of Springfield is key in this theory because as we know there is a large body of water next to it. Maryland sits on the Atlantic Ocean which would qualify as the large body of water.

Shelbyville is also to the West of Springfield, meaning in Maryland it would have to be on the coast.

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43. Iowa

Corn, more corn, and even more corn. It’s what Iowa is known for honestly.

The state that’s tucked in between Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Illinois has a connection to Springfield via the Springfield Monorail system.

The Springfield Monorail came about in a random way. Mr. Burns was caught dumping radioactive waste in a playground and was fined $3,000,00. After having a town hall meeting, the residents of Springfield decided to use the money to build a solar powered monorail system.

That leads us to our clue as to why Springfield could be in Iowa.

Lyle Lanley, a Monorail salesman, pitches the idea to the city and claims he’s sold monorail systems to three different cities: Ogdenville, Brockway, and North Haverbrook. When pulling out a map it appears as if North Haverbrook is located on the very west portion of Iowa.

Marge takes matters into her own hands and drives to North Haverbrook, where the Springfield Monorail will run through.

If the Springfield Monorail actually runs through North Haverbrook which is a little over 60 miles from Springfield, that would mean the location is in the state of Iowa.

Believe it or not, there are a few big cities in the state of Iowa so it’s not out of the question to think that Springfield could be in that state.

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42. Colorado

There are a lot of reasons why Springfield isn’t in Colorado, so we had to dig deep for a reason why it could be located in the state.

That brought us to one of the characters in the show that isn’t a main character, but instead one that always appears in costume.

Bumblebee man made his first appearance in the Season 4 episode “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie” way back in 1993. The character is an actor and TV personality that has appeared as himself, in the background and on TV during the show.

He’s been voiced by both Dan Castellaneta and Hank Azaria over the years.

Bumblebee man is very rarely seen without his costume on and his origins are pretty interesting.

He was created after producers were watching Telemundo and spotted a character portrayed by comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños. The character dressed like a bumblebee and went by El Chapulín Colorado which translates to “The Red Grasshopper.”

Bumblebee man continues to appear in the series, making his most recent appearance during the Season 27 episode “Simprovised.” He even made an appearance in “The Simpsons Movie” where he kissed a donkey in his cameo.

So where does the connection to the state come in? Well, the name and that’s it.  Sorry Colorado but that’s the best we can do for now.

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41. Michigan

Michigan is another state that has a border of a large body of water but that’s not the reason Springfield would be based there.

Let’s go back to an episode titled “Duffless” back in Season 4 to find out why there’s a connection.

After Homer is arrested for drinking and driving, Marges gets him to give up beer for a whole month. A daunting task for a man like Homer who loves his Duff beer.

While being pulled over, Homer pulls out his driver’s license and we get a good look at it. Of course, Homer looks drunk with one eye closed and the other halfway open.

But if you look closely, we get a look at where Springfield actually is.

On the ID it’s listed as “Springfield, NT” which is obviously fictional.

That doesn’t mean we are out of luck. If you look at it there is a zip code of 49007. Looking that up and it is the zip code of Kalamazoo, Michigan leading us to believe that Springfield is based in Michigan.

The NT does stand for Northwest Territories of Canada and Michigan is very close to Canada.

It’s possible that writers and producers didn’t want to tip it away as Michigan with the abbreviation and rather used the NT for Canada and zip code to determine it’s Michigan.

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40. Arizona

To find out the origin of this connection, we have to go back to one of my favorite episodes and a classic.

In season 4, the show ran an episode “Kamp Krusty” which premiered in 1992. The episode features the children of Springfield attending a special day called Kamp Krusty during their summer break.

The episode is fantastic and even includes a few good cultural references throughout.

But to find the connection between Arizona and the possibility of it being the home to Springfield, we have to go the location of the actual camp.

As stated in the episode Tijuana, Mexico is only a day drip away meaning it’s close to the state the camp is located in. That narrows down the choices to just California, New Mexico or Arizona.

Since Arizona is in the middle of those three states and just a 9-hour drive to Tijuana, it makes sense that Springfield could be in Arizona.

The episode wraps up with another Tijuana mention. After the campers become upset with the conditions and threaten to rebel, Krusty decides to take that day trip and bring all of the campers to Tijuana, describing it as the “happiest place on earth.”

With this connection, not only is Springfield in Arizona but it’s also just hours away from the “happiest place on earth” according to Krusty.

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39. Connecticut

The state of Connecticut brings us to a classic episode from Season 18 titled “Revenge is a Dish Best Served Three Times.”

After the Rich Texan cuts off Homer on the road, he promises to get revenge on the driver.

That prompts Marge, Bart, and Lisa to tell stories of revenge with some going back in time. Marge tells a story about 19th-century France which is based on the “Count of Monte Cristo” and Lisa’s involves bullying at school.

But it’s Bart’s story that actually has the connection between Connecticut and Springfield.

Bart’s story revolves around the origin of Batman from the classic movie “Batman Begins.”

As he’s telling it, Homer and the Rich Texan work things out. The reasoning is where Connecticut comes in.

The Rich Texan tells Bart that everything is ok because the two of them are both from Connecticut.

Now here’s where it gets interesting.

It’s been previously revealed that Homer was born in the city of Springfield, so that would imply that it’s actually in Connecticut.

Assuming the Rich Texan or Homer weren’t lying and just trying to bury the hatchet, the theory could be true.

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38. Delaware

The state of Delaware hasn’t really been mentioned a lot over the course of the last 28 seasons.

When it has, there have been some great lines.

The most notable came from Bart after Homer announces that the Simpson family is going to Delaware. Lisa screams “I want to go to Wilmington!” and Bart then responds “I want to visit a screen door factory!” poking fun that there’s nothing to do in the state.

Despite there not being much to do there, Springfield could be based on a small community in the state.

Springfield Crossroads may not have much to offer but the unincorporated city found in Sussex County, Delaware might be the home of the Springfield in the show.

The town sits on Delaware Route 30 and is very small.

With the name Springfield Crossroads, Groening may not have wanted to give too much away so he axed the final word in the town name.

It appears as if the two are not very similar but that’s okay. Hinting too much about the town could lead to the ultimate reveal and make it easy on fans trying to solve this mystery.

But for some reason, this town catches our eye. It has to be the name.

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37. Florida

We dug deep into the facts to debunk the myth that Florida can’t be the home state of the Simpsons.

Sure they have vacationed there in an episode but the state is big enough where you could live in Miami and vacation somewhere north like Jacksonville. But that’s not the reason why Springfield might be located there.

In fact, a version of Springfield is actually located in Florida.

Universal Studios in Orlando opened up the first Simpsons theme park back in 2008 with a ride called “The Simpsons ride” for guests.

Five years later in 2013, it added several attractions to its Simpsons world including the Krusty Burger, Moe’s Tavern, The Frying Dutchman, Luigi’s Pizza, Duff Gardens and Bumblebee Man’s Taco Truck among other attractions.

They also installed a second ride in 2013 called Kang & Kodos’ Twirl ‘n’ Hurl which puts you into a flying saucer and swoops you up and down.

Guests can eat a Krusty Burger, drink a beer at Moe’s and have fun on the rides in this Springfield.

The world provides guests a glimpse of what it would be like to live where Homer, Marge, Bart and the rest of the characters reside.

The park is open year round and well worth a visit if you’re a die-hard fan. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

36. Georgia

Finding a connection for The Simpsons and the state of Georgia wasn’t very easy.

While other towns may have donut shops, power plants, a sports team, etc, we went to a connection with creator Matt Groening.

Groening is not only the creator of “The Simpsons” but another former FOX show “Futurama.”

There’s a clue that might suggest Springfield is in fact in the state of Atlanta. Our best guess is it might be Savannah, Georgia but it could be anywhere except Macon.

The city of Macon is still important for this reasoning because it comes up not only in The Simpsons but in Futurama as well.

During the episode “Bart on the Road,” Nelson, Bart, Millhouse, and Martin are looking for somewhere to drive too. That’s where Nelson says “I’ve always wanted to see Macon, Georgia.”

On the Futurama episode “The Deep South,” there’s an exchange between Fry, Umbriel, and Colonel where Macon is brought up.

Colonel responds to a question from Umbriel by saying “Well what about that rich young dugong from Macon? ”

Now, this may just be a small coincidence but our theory is that Springfield is somewhere in Georgia with Groening giving us a subtle clue with a Macon mention in both shows. It’s just too easy to mention Atlanta so he went a different route.

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35. Hawaii

We’ve seen the family drive across the country to numerous locations in the show’s history which would rule out the state of Hawaii.

While that makes sense, it’s still possible that Springfield could actually be in the state.

During the episode “Fear of Flying,” Homer is kicked out of Moe’s Tavern and has to find a new bar to make his regular spot. He stumbles in The Little Black Box which is a private bar for pilots.

After wrecking a plane, Homer is offered free air travel to any U.S. State except for two by Crazy Clown Airlines to cover up the incident and never speak of it again.

The two listed are Hawaii and Alaska because they are “freak states” according to the airline.

Hawaii is a beautiful place and even if it is considered a “freak state” in the show, it matches up with some of the characters.

Think about it.

Some of the characters on the show can be called freaks for how they look or what their job just might be. There’s Sideshow Bob, Sideshow Mel, Krusty, Bumblebee Man, etc.

So if it is considered a freak state, then it would make some sense that the freak characters would actually live there.

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34. Idaho

As previously stated, the Simpsons family has taken plenty of trips in the 28-year history of the show including one to Orlando.

Our reasoning for Idaho takes us back to 2003 in an episode titled “Special Edna” where Bart actually does a positive thing for his teacher.

Bart nominates Edna Krabappel for the Teacher of the Year award and it’s accepted after organizers find out that she managed to teach him something.

The family then travels to Orlando to attend the event hosted at the EFCOT Center, a clever parody on the EPCOT Center near Disney World.

Skinner, who has a history with Edna, borrows Groundskeeper Willie’s car to drive down to Orlando and surprise her. This is where the clue comes in.

He passes a sign that says2,653 miles to Orlando where Edna is located.  That would mean Springfield is located somewhere in the Pacific Northwest, granted he is driving on an actual road.

That leaves Idaho, Oregon or California as legitimate options for the state as Springfield would be located in the Southern part of the state.

The episode is really the only clue as to why Springfield can be in Idaho but we have a feeling that Homer may enjoy potatoes, too.

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33. Illinois

This one is all about our favorite fat husband and father to Bart, Lisa, and Maggie. Yep, Homer.

When researching reasons why Springfield is in Illinois, the one cool thing I saw revolved around Homer. With 50 states, there is potential that an actual Homer Simpson exists somewhere in a Springfield.

That somewhere just happens to be in the Land of Lincoln.

As of 2014, an actual resident is listed in the Springfield white pages in Illinois as Homer Simpson. To further that notion, there’s actually a Homer J. Simpson listed in the white pages that lives in North Chicago, Illinois.

As you know, Homer’s middle name is Jay so the middle initial is there. We don’t know exactly what the North Chicago resident’s middle name is but it’s pretty damn cool to see the name listed.

The Springfield resident is the only one in the entire country with the name of Homer Simpson.

To build on this point, Homer himself did pick Chicago pizza over New York-style pizza during his live appearance on an episode back in May 2016. Only a true Illinois resident would do such a thing and do it on live TV.

We like to imagine that he’s in better shape but if he enjoys donuts, beer, and bowling, then we would be damn impressed.

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32. Indiana

The city of Springfield is has been shown to be by a large body of water in shots during the show.

It’s presumed that the large body of water is an ocean but it has yet to be proven. It could actually be a giant lake, which brings us to one of the Great Lakes.

In the Midwest sits the state of Indiana, tucked between Ohio and Illinois. The Hoosier state is known for its love of basketball, the Indianapolis 500 and is the home of Michael Jackson.

But could it be the home of Springfield?

Our theory is based on the fact that we don’t, in fact, know if that body of water shown in the show is actually an ocean. Instead, it could be a lake that surrounds the city.

That brings us to Indiana.

While it’s stuck in the middle of the Midwest it actually has a body of water that borders it and a large one at that. The northern part of Indiana is bordered by Lake Michigan, which is the largest lake in the United States.

Lake Michigan is large enough to be that large body of water that does border Springfield and no direction is really mentioned.

Springfield could be in Northern Indiana, meaning it would be just hours away from the city of Chicago.

If the theory is true, Homer becomes one of the biggest celebrities in the state of Indiana. Now where can he buy a Colts jersey at?

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31. Kansas

With Kansas City sitting on the border of Missouri and Kansas, we defaulted to Kansas for this reason.

The city is home to good barbecue, the Chiefs, Royals, and an awesome downtown. But there’s a connection to the Simpsons, especially with one of those things listed.

For some reason, the show has referenced the Royals a number of times leaving us to believe the family might be Royals fans and Springfield is in fact in Kansas.

The first reference of the Royals came in 2006 during the episode “Please Homer, Don’t Hammer ‘Em” and you need a good eye to catch it.

While Marge is shopping at Rock Bottom Remainders, a book titled “The Kansas City Royals: Forever Champions” is spotted on the shelf. The Royals won the World Series in 1985 and then again in 2015 after the episode aired.

Then two years later in the episode “All About Lisa,” a second Royals reference appears. After Homer sells all of Bart’s Krusty merchandise to purchase the latest issue of Radioactive Man from Android’s Dungeon.

Instead, Comic Book Guy offers Bart a copy of “Radioactive Man Meets the Kansas City Royals” to which Bart is uninterested in.

The Royals are referenced a few more times after that, making the connection to the state of Kanas and the possibility that Springfield is based there.

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30. Louisiana

For this southern state, we look at the mother in the Simpson household.

While Marge took Homer’s last name after marriage, her full name is Marjorie Jacqueline Bouvier which is of the French descent. That holds a clue that the city is in a state with a French-influenced city that tourists love to travel to.

The biggest city in Louisiana is New Orleans which was settled by the French in 1718 and was named for Philippe II, Duke of Orléans. Even after France had ceased and the city belonged to America, its French influenced remained.

The French Quarter is the oldest section of New Orleans and a popular one for locals and tourists.

As for the connection to the Simpsons? Well, with Marge’s French descent, it’s possible that Springfield is actually located close to New Orleans in Louisiana.

Marge was born and raised in Springfield, attending the local elementary and high school where she met Homer. With Marge’s sisters Patty and Selma also living in Springfield, it adds more to the theory that it could be in Louisiana, as they have all stayed close together for their lives.

In the episode “Treehouse of Horror IX” the signal from Maggie to Kang and Kodos comes from an area that looks to be Louisiana or Texas.

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29. Maine

State fairs are a hit across the country during summer and that’s no different in Maine. But could the Maine State Fair be the connection for Springfield being in the state?

Maine hosts dozens of fairs each year including one in the city of Springfield, which features Stage shows, animal and mechanical pulling, antique autos, midway, livestock exhibits.

We know that Bart is a big fan of fairs as evident not in an episode but in the Simpsons comic book series.

In the issue Bart Simpson #52, a two-page comic titled “Maggie’s Crib 5”, the family is driving when Bart sees the Springfield State Fair and asks to stop.

Instead, Homer keeps driving ignoring Bart’s request. Maggie takes action and forces Homer to pull over at the fair after she has an accident.

Both Bart and Lisa enjoy the fair by riding the rides and playing carnival games. We don’t know the exact location of the fair, but it’s presumed that it’s located in a rural part of Springfield.

With Springfield hosting its own fair, it could mean that the Simpsons do live in the state of Maine.

If that is the case, then Bart, Lisa and Maggie have plenty of choices as to which fairs they can attend.

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28. Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has been mentioned several times in the show over the years.
Whether it’s an appearance from Wade Boggs, a Boston Celtics mention and Homer mentioning he knew a man from Nantucket.

They even did a special episode in Season 28 that was based on the New England Patriots featuring characters resembling Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the coach that everyone loves to hate, Bill Belichick.

But I’ll stay away from those as the reasoning and instead go to some things in Springfield that might have been modeled after places in Massachusetts, leading us to believe the city is in that state.

The biggest one is the Springfield Memorial Bridge. It separates Springfield from West Springfield in the show and is covered in graffiti.

That graffiti includes the classic “El Barto” spray from Bart Simpson himself.

The reason I chose this for this state is that just like in the show, Springfield in Massachusetts has a Memorial Bridge and it also separates the city from West Springfield.

Both bridges were built with concrete and designed with an arch-style and are very similar looking.

But that’s not the only thing similar. Both bridges were also destroyed for separate reasons and then rebuilt again as they currently stand.

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27. Minnesota

The state of Minnesota is home to the Twin Cities but is it home to the city that features the Simpsons?

For the answer, we have to go back to an episode that aired at the end of Season 20. The season finale titled “Coming to Homerica,” the town of Ogdenville’s economy crashes after there was tainted barley found in Krusty’s veggie burgers.

When finding out, Mayor Quimby closes Springfield’s border leading Homer to create a border patrol team with Lenny and Carl.

Ogdenville is located just Southeast of Springfield but in the same state. It’s possible that state is Minnesota and here’s why.

Ogdenvillians flee to Springfield to look for work and are hired by residents, including Homer, for odd jobs. The Scandinavian Ogdenville residents are taking up the work and many are wearing Minnesota Vikings jerseys.

The reference is to Minnesota’s high Scandinavian American population. The state has 1,603,124 Scandinavian American’s living in it, tops in the United States after beating out California ( 1,224,541).

Maggie even says “Yah…Yah” as her first words which doesn’t make Homer happy.

With Ogdenville being so close to Springfield and many residents being Vikings fans, both cities could be located in Minnesota.

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26. Kentucky

For Kentucky, we have to go all the way back to season 11, episode 22 titled “Behind The Laughter.” It’s one of my favorite episodes as it spoofs “Behind the Music” which was a hit show for VH1.

The episode gives fans a behind the scenes look at the show but with a narrator. Where we find a clue that the Simpsons are from Kentucky comes early in the episode.

The narrator announces during the episode “this northern Kentucky family,” hinting that the Simpsons actually may live in Kentucky. There’s even a Springfield, Kentucky located in Washington County which can be considered northern Kentucky depending on who is judging it.

That’s the second connection that makes us believe the show is talking about Kentucky.

There is something else notable about this theory, however.

In the DVD subtitles actually say “southern Missouri” when the part comes up. The theory is that the producers didn’t want to reveal the exact location and wanted to throw another wrench into the thinking for the fans.

Let’s chalk this one up for Kentucky.

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25. Montana

Much like Mississippi, the state of Montana hasn’t made many appearances on the show.

But when it has, they have been pretty good.

Homer tricks Ned into believing him that Jesus wants to meet him somewhere in Montana. The state was also mentioned in the episode “Politically Inept, with Homer Simpson” where Bozeman, Montana was prominent.

Cousin Cathy was getting married in Bozeman and the family planned to attend.

The other reference was the state showing up on a map in a few episodes, much like Mississippi.

As for the connection, we go to Mt. Springfield.

Mt. Springfield is a mountain that is located just outside of Springfield. It first appeared in the episode “Lisa The Greek” and even caught on fire one time due to a discarded camera light bulb while Bart and Lisa were on the mountain taking photos.

The state of Montana has over 60 mountain ranges according to the state’s official website.

When Homer told Ned to go to Montana, he could have just taken a train across the state to a different city.

As we mentioned before, the mountains might be the only hope for the state of Montana being the home of the Simpsons.

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24. Nebraska

While Mr. Bruns may not be a fan favorite character overall, he’s part of the reason why Springfield is located in Nebraska.

During the episode “Burns, Baby Burns” that aired in Season 8, the owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant is recognized by his long lost son.

Mr. Burns travels back to Springfield via train after attending a college football game. The train is stopped and sitting on the tracks when a man recognizes Mr. Burns. It turns out to be his long lost son Larry.

Larry recognizes him but cannot board the train in time. He then asks an attendant where the train is going as she replies “Springfield.”

After Larry asks which state, the attendant responds “-aska” implying that it’s either in Alaska or Nebraska.

That was one of the first major clues to where Springfield was. A similar clue appeared in “The Simpsons Movie” when the family moves to Alaska. That rules out that state and gives the Nebraska theory some more weight.

Mr. Burns eventually meets his son Larry and they have completely opposite personalities. After Mr. Burns wants nothing to do with his son, Homer springs into action.

Larry is finally appreciated by Mr. Burns and everything is all fine.

Aside from Mr. Burns meeting his illegitimate son, we have a solid clue as to why Springfield is indeed in Nebraska.

23. Nevada

Nevada is not only home to Sin City in Las Vegas but something pretty special.

The state had the only life-sized, scaled replica of the Simpsons house and it was pretty damn cool.

If you remember correctly, back in 1997 Pepsi ran a promotion giving one person the chance to own a life-sized replica of the Simpsons house located in Henderson, Nevada.

The winner could take the house which was valued at over $100K or a $75,000 cash prize.

Instead of taking the house, the winner from Kentucky took the money and the house just sat there.

It’s a shame because workers reportedly spent 50 hours watching nearly 100 episodes of the show to get everything right. It took 49 days to build and it was spot on.

But as of today, the house is still standing execpt it looks nothing like the Simpsons house that is on 742 Evergreen Terrace.

In 2015, YouTube user AdamTheWoo took a trip to the house to share what it looks like now.

As you can see in the video, the outside has been completely redone although some items from the promotion still exist outside.

The reason Nevada can claim stake to being home to Springfield is because it was home to the only life-sized replica Simpsons home.

No other state can say that.

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22.Mississippi

There aren’t many connections with the show and the state of Mississippi.

In fact, the state has barely been mentioned in the show and when it has it was in reference to the great Mississippi River.

We’ve already discussed a reasoning as to why the Mississippi River can determine where Springfield is but it’s a county in the state that is pretty interesting.

Simpson County is in Mississippi and is named for judge Josiah Simpson.

Not only does the county share the same name as our favorite animated family but Josiah is close to Jebediah, who founded the town of Springfield.

Those two similarities might be reaching a little but it makes up the little chance that Springfield is actually in Mississippi. That and the fact that the Mississippi River runs along side the state which is a large body of water.

Finding a connection with Mississippi and The Simpsons is hard to find outside of a map. According to Simpsons Wiki, the state has only been mentioned once during the 28 seasons the show has been on the air.

That happened in an episode titled “The Spy Who Learned Me” which aired in Season 23. The other times the state has shown up, it was on a map.

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21. New Jersey

The Simpsons have a long history of ragging on the state of New Jersey over the years.

With subtle shots at the state, it’s clear they really don’t like it.

But could that be because they actually live in the state and Springfield is based there?

It’s possible.

To understand this theory you have to look at Springfield’s Interstate system. It’s been described in the show as connecting New Jersey, Oregon, Texas, Michigan and a few other states.

Looking at a map, that’s a really complicated interstate system. But the fact that it lists New Jersey is a clue. The state of New Jersey has several Interstates running through it including 76 which goes West and 95 which goes South.

Interstate 95 is the key here because it has also been mentioned on the show before.

You can see the full list of Interstates here. The point is that while Springfield has a complicated system, so does New Jersey yielding the possibility that it’s located in the states.

Not only are the Interstates a clue but there are multiple airports located around the city of Springfield. The same can be said for the state of New Jersey which has several big airports located in it or around it.

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20. New Mexico

The one big reason why Springfield is in New Mexico? They are actually home to the Isotopes baseball team.

New Mexico is home to the Albuquerque Isotopes minor league baseball team leading us to believe that the Springfield portrayed in the show is actually New Mexico.

The team plays at Isotopes Park and has a connection to the show in more ways then one. The organization actually got the team name from an episode of “The Simpsons.”

Ken Young, President of Albuquerque Baseball Inc., said in an article in the Albuquerque Journal that the organization loved the name when hearing it in “Hungry, Hungry Homer” when the mayor of Albuquerque attempts to steal the team from Springfield.

The stadium even has statues of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie spread around the ballpark and are fan favorites for photos.

As for the logo? Well, that is very similar to the one in the show as both feature an atom as the primary logo. Albuquerque added an “A” to their logo giving it a different style to it.

Our theory is that maybe Albuquerque does steal the Isotopes away from Springfield, a town based close by in New Mexico.

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19. New York

Ah, the Big Apple.

New York City is the so called “city that never sleeps” and home to various forms of entertainment, stars, sports teams and much, much more.

For the state of New York, we decided to focus on New York City itself for the reason why Springfield could be in the state and here’s why.

It’s no secret that Homer has a love for Marge, beer and his donuts.

Mmmm donuts.

So why would Springfield being close to New York City have anything to do with donuts?

Well, the city is home to some of the best donut shops in the entire country according to Forbes. The publication recently put out their annual list on National Donut Day, spotlighting the 15-best in the country.

New York dominated the list having three shops featured in the top 15. All three finished in the top 4 and “Dough” in Brooklyn, New York finished atop the list.

The connection makes some sense as “Dough” is also the go-to word for Homer but spelled just a little differently. The “D’oh” we are accustomed to hearing has just three letters.

“Doughnut Plant” in New York City came in at No. 4 and “Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop” in Brooklyn finished one spot ahead of it at No. 3.

Furthermore, if you listen carefully to some Springfield residents accents you can hear a little bit of Metropolitan New York in it.

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18. North Dakota

Home to Fargo and the North Dakota State Bison football program, is it possible North Dakota is also the state portrayed in The Simpsons?

If you remember correctly, the Simpson family is banned from some states. That showed during the episode “Kill the Alligator and Run” which aired in 2000.

In the episode, the Simpsons take a vacation to the state of Florida but are soon trying to escape after Homer accidentally kills the town alligator.

On top of it, it’s also Spring Break which kills the mood for the Simpson family.

Now here’s where the connection comes in. The family is trying to decide where to go next and pull out a map. They are banned from every state except two: North Dakota and Arizona.

You may think that just because they want to go there next, doesn’t mean they can’t live there.

In this case, there’s a chance that they actually live in North Dakota and that’s why they aren’t banned from there, yet.

The family can take an in-state vacation, although those can be boring, it’s a possibility.

So is the chance that the city of Springfield is modeled after the state of North Dakota.

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17. Ohio

We’ve already had one Treehouse of Horror reference in our article and now we have our second.

For the great state of Ohio, located right on the Midwest’s rust belt we turn to the Treehouse of Horror XIII which aired in Season 14 back in 2002.

In the first part of the episode “Send in the Clones,” Homer clones himself and creates hell in Springfield.

The clones are terrorizing Springfield and destroying everything in site except for one place and we think you can guess which one.

The only building they dont target is Moe’s Tavern due to Homer’s love of beer. The clones seemed to be programed not to destroy such a sacred place for Homer.

Now the Ohio connection comes in when the clone situation is getting serious. Clones are expected to spread throughout the United States.

When the map is shown a face of Homer appears over a state.

That state? Ohio. The takeaway from that is the clones have already invaded Ohio because Springfield is located there. With the plan to spread, it’s pointless to mark the other states that haven’t been terrorized.

Now all we need is LeBron James to guest star and confirm that Ohio is not only home to King James and the Factory of Sadness but to Springfield as well.

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16. Oregon

Okay, this one was pretty easy and didn’t require a lot of work at all.

In fact, creator Matt Groening actually did the work for us. Yep that’s right, Groening actually admitted that Springfield is actually in his home state of Oregon.

In a 2012 interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Groening finally revealed the location after 25 years of the show.

Here’s what he said:

"Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown.”"

Groening went on to say that everyone thinks Springfield is in their state, leaving just a very tiny bit of hope that it could be anywhere else but Oregon.

The odds of that are slim to none, especially with Groening’s tie to the state.

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15. Pennsylvania

The city of Springfield, Pennsylvania sits just west of Philadelphia in Delaware County.

But is the state actually home to our favorite family? One major thing leads us here and might have the answer.

Having the name “Simpson” is a big deal in this case. We are talking about the family the show is named after, so having a Simpson family in your state is a good start.

Real estate blog Estately ran a cool study a few years back attempting to determine which state Springfield is actually in. While Missouri won it outright, Pennsylvania did lead in one big category.

According to the study Springfield, Pennsylvania is home to the most residents per capita with the last name of Simpson listed in the white pages.

It beat out Missouri, who finished second, in the category.

The Simpsons family tree is a little complicated and we know there are a lot of members on it.

That adds up to the fact that Springfield in Pennsylvania has a lot of residents with the last name Simpson.

But that’s not all. There’s another cool finding which backs up the point.

Reading more into the survey and it’s also revealed that there is a Moe’s Grille in the city which serves $1 Duff mugs as a special during limited hours each day.

There are no flaming Moe shots, however. So you’re totally out of luck there.

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14. Rhode Island

One animated sitcom family already lives in Rhode Island but is it possible that two do?

The Griffin family from the show “Family Guy” lives in Quahog, Rhode Island and may have provided a key clue as to where the Simpsons live.

Back in the 2014 crossover episode titled “The Simpsons Guy,” the two families meet for the very first time.

In the episode, the Griffins decide to leave Quahog after Peter writes an offensive comic strip. The family hits the road but their car is stolen when they stop at a nearby gas station.

They are stranded outside of Springfield and eventually end up in the Kwik-E-Mart where they meet Homer. When they realize they are in Springfield, Stewie then says “Springfield eh. What state?” noting that there are several Springfields without revealing the state.

But here’s where the big clue comes in.

Near the end of the episode, Lois suggests the families hang out again and reveals that they only live 30 minutes apart from each other.

Interstate 95 runs through Rhode Island but unless the Griffins lived close to the border, it likely would take more than 30 minutes to cross into another state.

The state is also bordered with a large body of water being the Atlantic Ocean. While it may not have been intentional, the crossover may have given us an important clue.

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13. South Carolina

The state of South Carolina is home to both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.

One of those schools seems to be a favorite of Homer as evident in
an episode titled “The Bart Wants What It Wants.”

Airing in 2002, the episode may provide a hint as to where Springfield actually is located.

During part of the episode, Homer tells Lisa that she can’t afford Springfield private school. He does tell Lisa that she can attend college but the only school they can afford is the University of South Carolina.

With money issues, it’s possible that the Simpsons want Lisa to stay in state for tuition making it a little cheaper rather than going somewhere out of the state.

That would imply that the Simpsons live in South Carolina.

For whatever reason Lisa is not happy with only being able to go to the University of South Carolina and yells “I will not be a Gamecock.”

But it’s not only South Carolina that the show bashes in the episode.

Clemson is brought up and the idea is quickly dismissed because it’s “not the best school.”

Now either the Simpsons do live in South Carolina or Homer is a big Gamecocks fan.

12. South Dakota

North Dakota might be home to Fargo and shares a border with Canada, but South Dakota has Mount Rushmore and a key hint as to where Springfield could be located.

The episode “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington” aired during Season 3 back in 1991. It provided one of the earliest clues where Springfield is and one of the first South Dakota mentions in the show.

The Simpson family takes a trip to Washington D.C. after Lisa wins an essay contest sponsored by “Reading Digest” magazine.

While the clue comes late in the episode, it’s a moment in the middle that introduces us to a key part.

Lisa becomes disturbed when she finds out that local congressman Bob Arnold is accepting bribes for a permit to cut down the Springfield National Forest.

At the end of the episode, an FBI agent sets up congressman Arnold by telling him he wants to drill for oil on Mount Rushmore in Teddy Roosevelt’s head.

With him seeking permission from Arnold, it must mean that the congressman represents South Dakota.

And with that, the state of Springfield would then be located in South Dakota for our theory. If it’s true, chalk one up for South Dakota in the battle of the Dakotas.

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11. Tennessee

The lovely state of Tennessee is home to the Music City and you might hear some Bleeding Gums Murphy while strolling through Nashville.

If you’re not up for a trip to Nashville then how about Springfield which could be the home of the Simpsons. The city, located North of Nashville, might be the one that’s portrayed in the show.

One big clue is that there is a city named Shelbyville in the state of Tennessee and it’s pretty close to Springfield.

A trip to Shelbyville from Springfield is just over 80 miles and about an hour and 15-minute drive. With its proximity, that’s the first clue that Tennessee is the home for the family.

Bart and his friends actually visit Knoxville, Tennessee after he makes a fake drivers license at the DMV in the episode “Bart on the Road.” They stop for the World’s Fair and on the way they go to Hocksville Tennessee to try and sell Millhouse’s glasses so they can have money to get home.

If the proximity isn’t enough to convince you, then maybe the number of convenience stores in the city well. According to the study done by Estately, the Springfield in Tennessee has the fourth most mini-marts per capita.

That’s a lot of Kwik-E-Mart wannabes.

10. Texas

Texas is the second largest state in America, behind only Alaska.

While everything might be bigger in Texas, that means the theory that West Springfield is three-times as big as the state could be true.

But what if it isn’t?

Well, then we have some clues as to why Texas could be home to Springfield and they have to do with their neighbors to the south.

The country of Mexico has been referenced a few times over the years in the show and now it may help us determine where Springfield actually is.

A road sign is shown in the episode “Marge in Chains” and reveals a clue. The sign says 676 miles until Mexico City and with the sign being shown at Springfield city limits, that would mean they are in southern Texas.

Part of the state is also bordered by the ocean, which is a large body of water that we always hear about in reference to the geographic location.

If the Simpsons do in fact live in Texas, they would certainly have that Texas pride for their state.

That’s evident when Homer is at an Italian Airport shouting “Don’t Mess With Texas” while wearing an American flag. We can’t blame Homer for being patriotic but it helps us with our theory.

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9.  Utah

Believe it or not, the Simpson family has a connection the state of Utah.

It might not be the strongest but it’s still a connection.

In the Season 18 episode “Little Big Girl,” Bart gets access to Homer’s car to run errands. But when he gets annoyed he flees to nearby North Haverbrook to get away.

There he meets a 15-year-old girl named Darcy and falls in love.

After Bart lies about his age and Darcy finds out, she tells him that she’s pregnant. Bart is not the father according to Darcy but instead a Norwegian exchange student.

Darcy wants to get married to Bart so that her parents won’t be mad she’s pregnant.

So where do they go? Well, Utah.

Yes, it says the two travel to Utah. But it doesn’t say how far. Being young, they actually get married in Utah due to state laws.

Since we don’t know exactly what state Springfield is in, it’s possible the two didn’t have to travel very far leaving Utah a significant option.

Bart never ended up getting married, so we don’t have to worry about him aging anytime soon. At least we hope not.

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8. Vermont

We’ve already discussed donut shops once in this gallery but for Vermont, we have to go back to it.

Homer and Chief Wiggum’s love for donuts is unmatched as we’ve seen both characters enjoy them several times throughout the show.

But do they go to different donut shops or is it always the same one? You’d think they would like some sort of variety which is where our reason for the state of Vermont comes in.

The study done by Estately took into account how many donut shops per capita there are in the city of Springfield.

After tallying up the results, they found that Springfield, Vermont had the most donut shops per capita. That’s good news for those donut lovers in Springfield.

The reason Springfield is based in Vermont is because of that simple fact.

But the town doesn’t just love donuts, it loves its ice cream too. Ben & Jerry’s was founded in Vermont and calls the state its home.

The premiere “The Simpsons Movie” was hosted in Springfield, Vermont back in 2007 as they had a big party to debut the film.

During that time, Ben & Jerry’s released a special flavor called “Duff ‘n D’Oh-Nuts,” that was available for purchase.

The fact that Homer loves his donuts, beer and ice cream makes us believe that Vermont is the perfect state for him.

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7. Virginia

To understand why it would make sense for Springfield, Virginia to be where the show is based in, you have to look at two things.

The actual town of Springfield in Virginia sits just a few miles from a power plant. That’s true for the Springfield portrayed in the show as well.

But where it gets interesting is the similarity with the rivers.

While a river runs by the Springfield nuclear power plant in the show, there’s also the Potomac River in Virginia.

The one in the show is known to be polluted due to the power plant and its where Bart catches one of the most underrated characters, Blinky the three-eyed fish.

The Potomac River is also polluted but it’s from sewage. It’s a problem that has been going on for years and even President Lydon B. Johnson called it a national disgrace according to The Hoya.

It’s cleared up a bit and is as healthy as it has been in years but sewage pollution still remains a problem.

With such similarities, it’s reasonable to believe that Springfield is indeed in Virginia. There haven’t been any reports of a three-eyed fish being caught in the Potomac River but we will keep our ears open.

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6. Arkansas

The thought that Springfield can be in Arkansas goes back to a popular radio station in the city.

For fans of the show, you probably recognize the KBBL-FM station. KBBL Broadcasting Inc. is responsible for all of the radio and TV broadcasts that air in Springfield.

You might be asking yourself why this matters? Well not only is KBBL in Springfield on the show, but it’s also a radio station in Arkansas.

For Arkansas residents, they know the channel simply as 34. It started off as KWBS-TV in the year 2000 but made the switch to KBBL in 2006 after The WB and UPN formed the CW.

KBBL didn’t last long.

Later in 2006, the station switched its ID to KPBI and then again to KNXW. Still, it does make sense to think that Springfield actually could be in Arkansas even with the one year of KBBL in the state.

In the show, KBBL is both FM and AM as it hosts morning shows and plays classic hits for Springfield. The channel also has parodies of Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern.

The other part to this is that per FCC regulations, stations that begin with “K” broadcast in states to the west of the Mississippi River. The river runs down the eastern border of the Mississippi, but the state itself is to the west.

It’s one of the more crucial clues as to where Springfield is located.

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5. Missouri

There are actually a few reasons why Missouri could be the home state of the Simpsons but we will stick to one that we like.

There’s a Springfield that is located in Missouri and even a minor league baseball team in that city, so there’s certainly a connection to the show.

But what really makes us believe that the show is based in Missouri? Well, it goes back to Charles Montgomery Burns himself.

According to the study done by Estately, the Springfield in Missouri has the most residents named Charles Burns in the white pages than any other Springfield in the country. Several other states had names of characters from the show living in its Springfield but Missouri took the crown for Mr. Burns.

Now this could be a good or a bad thing.

As you know by watching the show, having a comparison to Mr Burns isn’t always a good thing. But for Missouri’s case, it’s a good thing.

Mr. Burns has been a key character on the show ever since its existence and is a fairly good reason as to why Springfield is based in Missouri.

Missouri did take the crown for being the Springfield most likely portrayed in show in Estately’s study and you can partially credit that to all of the Charles Burns living there.

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4. Oklahoma

The state of Oklahoma lays in the middle of the infamous “Tornado Alley” an area of the country were tornadoes are most frequent.

But that’s not the reason why Springfield is located in Oklahoma.

The Simpsons neighbor, Ned Flanders, catches a lot of flack from Homer and is the center of one of Homer’s best sayings “D’oh, stupid Flanders!”

While Flanders can be a pain to Homer sometimes, he’s overall a good person. He grew up in New York but attended Oral Roberts University, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Flanders going to school in Oral Roberts is a clue that Springfield is in Oklahoma.

While we know that Flanders worked in the pharmaceuticals industry as a salesman, we don’t know if he left Oklahoma after college. He also owned The Leftorium in the Sprinfield Mall.

He could have stayed in the state moving to Springfield and living the life he currently lives.

That’s not the only connection to Oral Roberts, either. There’s a thought that the show’s creator, Matt Groening, briefly attended Oral Roberts and that many of the show’s characters are based off students and faculty from the school.

But according to the “Tulsa World“, there’s no record of Groening actually attending the school.

Still, it’s a little odd with the connection and has us believing that Oklahoma is indeed the home of Springfield.

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3. Washington

Is it possible that Homer accidentally revealed where the home of Springfield is by tossing Lisa in the air?

With the Fall season approaching, that means pumpkin spice, ghosts and corn mazes. For our reason for the state of Washington being home to Springfield, we went with a Fall-themed event.

In the episode “Stop or my Dog Will Shoot” that aired in 2007, Homer is excited to go to Oktoberfest. But Marge tricks him as the family goes to a harvest festival that does not serve any beer.

While at the festival the family attempts to get through a corn maze which looks difficult.

After getting lost, Homer decides to toss Lisa in the air so she can see where they are at.

This is where a clue is revealed.

When Lisa is in the air, she mentions she can see the space needle in Seattle, Washington.

The family would have to live in the state of Washington for them to see the space needle. Living in any other state, it would be difficult to see that far despite how tall the building actually is.

Our theory is that they live in Washington and close to Seattle, therefore making Springfield in the state.

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2. Wisconsin

Residents of Wisconsin love their Green Bay Packers, beer, and cheese.

Apparently, the state also loves the name Springfield as well.

The reason we think Springfield is based in Wisconsin is that there are actually five Springfield’s in the state itself.

Yes, you read that right. Wisconsin is home to five Springfields, by far the most in the entire country.

We have no idea how or why this happened but why not base the city on the state that has five of them? With that, you have your choices of Springfield’s to pick from in Wisconsin.

Here are the five Springfields and their counties in Wisconsin: Springfield in Dane County, Springfield in Jackson County, Springfield in Marquette County and Springfield in Walworth County.

But that’s not all.

There’s even a Springfield Corners, Wisconsin which is an unincorporated community. We don’t know the exact one that the show would be based off but with so many options, it makes sense right?
We like to imagine that Homer’s love of Duff beer has something to do with it as well. The state of Wisconsin has some good beer and we wouldn’t be shocked if it was the state home to Springfield on the show.

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1. Wyoming

The town of Laramie, Wyoming hasn’t been mentioned in the show directly but you have to catch the references.

The brand of cigarettes that are popular and shown throughout the series are Laramie Cigarettes.

They’ve been shown on billboards, commercials and have been mentioned in the show. Where the reference to Wyoming comes in is that the cigarettes are named after the city of Laramie.

That gives us a hint that Springfield might be in the state of Wyoming.

The marketing for Laramie Cigarettes is a play on old cigarette ads from the 1950’s and 60s, using girls and cool icons to promote the brand.

There are also several characters in the show that smoke cigarettes, most notably Edna Krabappel, Patty and Selma Bouvier and even Bart testing them on Santa’s Little Helper.

Much like cigarettes in real life, Laramie Cigarettes are not healthy as they are known for the amount of tarry residue in them.

If Groening did in fact name it after the city in Wyoming, it gives us our best chance to connect the state to Springfield.