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So Which Springfield is "Simpson's" Springfield?

3/11/2007 4:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fans of "The Simpsons" have wondered for years which real-life Springfield is the model for the Springfield in the long-running show -- and now, once and for all, they're going to find out. Sort of.

20th Century Fox has challenged each of the 16 Springfields around the country to compete for the honor of hosting the premiere of "The Simpsons Movie" in July. TMZ spoke to several Springfields, and some of them think they have a legitimate claim at the title. Springfield, Illinois, for instance, tells us that it's got big power plants right in the city, a school that looks a lot like where Bart and Lisa go to school, and even a donut plant.

Springfield, Ore. thinks it's in the running because creator Matt Groening hails from Portland, and Springfield, Mass. cites the fictional Mayor Joe Quimby's Mass-inflected accent as proof.

Other Springfields, on the other hand, might need a little help. In fact, at three of the Springfields we talked to (and who will remain stateless to protect their chances of winning), the press relations rep said they'd never even seen the show. D'oh!

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César    

I always thought it was Springfield,Illinois too!

2594 days ago
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Danny    

Which state has a Shelbyville nearby it's Springfield? KY!

2594 days ago
18.

Kate    

Springfield, MA

C'mon, Quimby is such a Kennedy

2594 days ago
19.

Jessica    

Its in Oregon..always has been.. there were the trojan plants up in washington state also... hrmmmm :) im excited to find out.....kinda... lol

2594 days ago
20.

Melody    

It's gotta be Missouri! Just having Brad Pitt hail from here is not enough! We need a real celebrity for our claim to fame!!

2594 days ago
21.

kwood    

Springfield Ohio!!!

2594 days ago
22.

Connie    

Springfield, IL.

2594 days ago
23.

Nikki    

Illinois has a Shelbyville next to it's Spiringfield too !!

2594 days ago
24.

Peep    

It is Springfield Ohio, they've already stated this when the show first started!

2594 days ago
25.

S.    

Springfield, IL has a Shelbyville nearby as well as a Mechanicsburg which was also mentioned in the show one time. That's just a couple on a HUGE list of similarities for OUR Springfield.

GO SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS!!

Bragging rights, here we come:-)

2594 days ago
26.

S.    

Shanna posted at 2:14am on March 12th "It is Springfield Ohio, they've already stated this when the show first started!"

Is that so? Please find the episode number for that. If it's true many people should remember this and you should have nothing to worry about.
But I'm afraid you have to be mistaken. It's common knowledge and has been repeated over and over that the Simpson's town is not any particular Springfield. We're all just fighting for the right to be called "THE Springfield" with whoever has the most similarities.

AND THAT'S SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS!!!

2594 days ago
27.

greggeast    

There is a Shelbyville Illinois; it's 60 miles from Springfield Illinois. There is a nuclear power plant in Clinton Illinois. It's 46 miles from Springfield.

I was always led to believe that the writers intentionally referenced all of the Springfields to keep the audience guessing.

2594 days ago
28.

Rome, in SoCal    

you are all so daffy, they should do whats right. FORGET Springfeild and just premiere it in hollywood.



you are all crazy what Springfield has a Beach, Lake, Mountains, Forrest, Powerplant, and a Moe's bar within its city limits.

2594 days ago
29.

Chris from Eugene, OR    

Springfield, OR for sure.

2594 days ago
30.

Susanna    

It is definitely Springfield KY in the Simpson's Springfield is bordered by Capital City and Shelbyville. Springfield KY is boarded by Frankfurt (KY's Capitol) and Shelbyville. And yes it was announced that It was Kentucky Town.

2594 days ago
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