11 Things to Know Before Moving to Springfield

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1. It's Springfield, Oregon, d'oh!

Simpsons plaque, Springfield Oregon

Simpsons creator Matt Groening told Smithsonian

Magazine the Simpsons' home town is based on Springfield, Oregon. Take that other Springfields! He also gave the city a signed plaque when he visited the town before The Simpsons Movie was released in 2007. Curious to see how the other Springfields stack up? Check out Estately's rankings of their resemblance to the cartoon city.

2. Home of the filbert orchards (no, not the cartoon)

Springfield Filbert crop

The city of Springfield is surrounded by filbert orchards, otherwise known as hazelnut orchards. The harvest happens in October and 98 percent of American filbert production is harvested in the Willamette Valley. Homemade nutella anyone? Try adding that to your breakfast donut.

3. Before Electric Kool-Aid

Ken Kesey Magic Bus

Author Ken Kesey moved to this city as a kid and graduated from Springfield High School before moving on to the nearby University of Oregon. After his well documented wanderings, Kesey bought a farm in nearby Pleasant Hill and remained a local celebrity until his death in 2001.

4. The Springfield Creamery sagas

Springfield creamery

Ken Kesey's brother Chuck, and his wife Sue started the Springfield Creamery in 1960. Their most famous product, Nancy's Yogurt, is also responsible for the company's survival. In the 1970s, the Creamery avoided bankruptcy with a series of 10 benefit concerts played by none other than the Grateful Dead. Tickets cost $3 in advance or $3.50 at the gate. The creamery recreated Nancy's Honey Yogurt labels as concert tickets, and more than 20,000 Deadheads showed up. Because of the hippie star power the Kesey name gave the product, a man named Gilbert Rosborne offered to market it to hippie haven San Francisco with the help of his partner Huey Lewis (this was before Huey Lewis and the News hit it big). The rest is just what you eat with breakfast.

5. Eat these shorts!

Springfield's Emerald Arts Center mural

In the summer of 2014 a mural of The Simpsons was added to the side Springfield's Emerald Arts Center. The mural was created by artist Julius Preite who has been drawing the show for 17 years. It was painted by Old City Artists, a company owned by former University of Oregon football player Erik Nicolaisen. And its unveiling was hosted by Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson. If you're still not convinced that this Springfield is the one Groening had in mind you'll have to check out the mural for yourself.

6. Popular for pop culture

Area 51 Epic Ink

Local tattoo studio Area 51 is the star of A&E’s reality show Epic Ink. The show is so named because Area 51 does large tattoos and specializes in hyperrealistic works of sci-fi, cartoon and pop culture characters. In fact Chris Rohaley, the shop's owner, and the other artists on the show are among only a handful of tattoo artists worldwide licensed by Lucasfilm, owner of the Star Wars franchise, to tattoo their properties.

7. Sci-fi haven

Theodore Sturgeon

Apparently Springfield has a call for people who find their interests somewhere beyond this world. Theodore Sturgeon, a prolific American science fiction and horror writer and critic, lived in the city.

8. Job Market

Springfield, PeaceHealth

The top employers in Springfield are PeaceHealth, The Springfield School District, Symantec, and the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. So, if you're pursuing a career in health care, tech or education Springfield might just be for you.

9. Housing Market

Springfield, Oregon housing market

Springfield has the 4th lowest cost of living of Oregon's 20 biggest cities. The median income for Springfield residents is $50,036 meaning the average family can afford a home costing $224,152 or less. Of the houses on the market in Springfield, 40 percent are within this price range. In other words, Springfield is very affordable.

10. Notable residents

Dan Straily, Oakland Athletics

Other notable residents include Dan Straily, starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, and Eric Millegan, an actor best known for his role as Dr. Zack Addy on the Fox series Bones.

11. Party lines

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In the 2012 election 54.12 percent of voters cast ballots for the democrats and 32.33 percent for the republicans.

Springfield Real Estate & Homes for Sale

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369 37TH ST
$178,000
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Sun Sep 21st 1pm-4pm

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3 beds
1 baths
1,139 sqft
6,970 lot sqft
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959 S 45TH ST
$199,900
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3 beds
2 baths
1,556 sqft
8,712 lot sqft
0 days on site
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4038 DOUGLAS DR
$224,900
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3 beds
2 baths
1,358 sqft
5,663 lot sqft
0 days on site
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5787 MT VERNON RD
$193,500
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3 beds
2.1 baths
1,804 sqft
3,049 lot sqft
0 days on site
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3416 CHEROKEE DR
$149,900
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3 beds
2 baths
1,134 sqft
6,970 lot sqft
1 days on site
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650 HARLOW RD 220
$97,000
Condo
2 beds
2 baths
880 sqft
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1 days on site
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382 S 46TH ST
$167,500
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4 beds
2 baths
1,500 sqft
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0 days on site
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1162 S 69TH ST
$279,000
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3 beds
2.1 baths
1,976 sqft
9,583 lot sqft
0 days on site
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3285 S REDWOOD DR
$200,000
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3 beds
2 baths
1,494 sqft
6,534 lot sqft
4 days on site
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1153 PLEASANT ST
$169,900
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3 beds
2 baths
1,040 sqft
7,405 lot sqft
1 days on site
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880 26TH ST
$259,900
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4 beds
2 baths
1,936 sqft
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4 days on site
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365 S 42ND ST
$145,000
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3 beds
1 baths
924 sqft
8,712 lot sqft
0 days on site
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5367 D ST
$130,000
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3 beds
1 baths
917 sqft
- lot sqft
2 days on site
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336 6TH ST
$105,000
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2 beds
1 baths
798 sqft
3,920 lot sqft
4 days on site
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6875 A ST
$298,900
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3 beds
3 baths
2,164 sqft
11,326 lot sqft
4 days on site
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5211 D ST
$185,000
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4 beds
2 baths
1,400 sqft
8,276 lot sqft
0 days on site
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2375 MARCOLA RD
$235,000
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4 beds
2 baths
2,078 sqft
~1/2 acre
8 days on site
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320 26TH ST
$68,900
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3 beds
1 baths
980 sqft
- lot sqft
8 days on site
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573 PACIFIC AVE
$145,000
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Sun Sep 14th 1pm-4pm

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3 beds
1 baths
816 sqft
6,970 lot sqft
2 days on site
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867 MCKENZIE CREST DR
$459,000
House
3 beds
3 baths
2,906 sqft
12,632 lot sqft
2 days on site
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1540 S ST
$159,950
$10,000 Price drop Sep, 18
House
4 beds
2 baths
1,662 sqft
7,405 lot sqft
11 days on site
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3960 VIRGINIA AVE
$159,900
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3 beds
1 baths
910 sqft
6,098 lot sqft
10 days on site
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446 MOUNTAINGATE DR
$485,000
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4 beds
3.1 baths
3,430 sqft
10,454 lot sqft
6 days on site
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271 S 43RD ST
$119,000
House
2 beds
1 baths
672 sqft
4,792 lot sqft
10 days on site
 Courtesy of Windermere RE Lane County
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780 MOUNTAINGATE DR
$395,000
House
3 beds
2.1 baths
2,616 sqft
12,197 lot sqft
9 days on site
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