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