One of the best reasons to live in Portland is because The Simpsons are from here. Yes, The Simpsons. Those Simpsons. Not those other Simpsons, but The Simpsons.
For years, it was debated which Springfield was the actual Springfield that The Simpsons live in. Upon the release of The Simpsons Movie, Fox announced that Springfield, Vermont was the actual Springfield, but that was just a publicity stunt. Portland, Oregon is the real Springfield, because this is where creator Matt Groening grew up, and Portland inspired many characters and places in the series. And, here is the proof!
–Ned Flanders is named after NE Flanders.
–Reverend Lovejoy is based on Lovejoy Street, and AJ Lovejoy, one of the city founders.
–Montgomery Burns may have lived on SW Montgomery or near Montgomery Park.
–Mayor Quimby is inspired by both NW Quimby and Ramona Quimby, as seen in the children’s literature of fellow Portlander Beverly Cleary.
–Principal Seymour Skinner is a combination of SW Seymour and Eugene Skinner, another Portland pioneer.
–Sideshow Bob’s last name is Terwilliger, as in SW Terwilliger.
–Milhouse Van Houten is named for N Van Houten in North Portland.
–Also hailing from North Portland is Wayland Smithers of N. Wayland Street.
–And, of course, SE Simpson Street.
There are many others, which you can peruse right here at The Simpsons Archive.
If you want to know even more Simpsons-iana and the Portland connections, read this great reminisence by Matt Groening about his formative years in Portland, via the Portland Tribune.
There are so many wonderful things about living in Portland, and this is just one more of them. If you ever have questions about living in Portland or Portland real estate, just let me know. I’m always happy to help.