Originally, Churubusco was two towns, Union (in honor of the union victory of the Civil War) and Franklin (in honor of the founding father, Benjamin Franklin) that bordered each other on either side of a railroad track. In the 1840s, the population of both Franklin and Union grew large enough to qualify for a post office. Before that time, residents of both towns either had to trek 11 miles by foot or horse and buggy to nearby Columbia City to get their mail. Since the towns were in the same location, the Postmaster General ordered that the towns apply for a joint post office. The Postmaster General also denied both "Union" and "Franklin" as the post office name since both were already taken by other Indiana towns.
After a community meeting, the town got its unusual name from Churubusco, Mexico, the site of the 1847 Battle of Churubusco during the Mexican-American War. At the time the townsfolk thought it was as patriotic as either Union and Franklin since the United States won a large victory there, and they were certain that no other town would already have chosen such a unique name. The name Churubusco is a Spanish corruption of a Nahuatl toponym of a temple area in modern Mexico City celebrating the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli. Located along the Rio Churubusco, the Spanish-Nahuatl word literally translates into "place of the hummingbirds.
|Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures|
| Avg high °F |
| 84 |
| 82 |
| 76 |
| 63 |
| 49 |
| 36 |
| Avg low °F |
| 14 |
| 16 |
| 26 |
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| 32 |
| 20 |
|Rainfall in. (mm)||1.9 (48)||1.8 (46)||2.9 (74)||3.6 (91)||3.5 (89)||4.1 (104)||3.8 (97)||3.4 (86)||3.4 (86)||2.6 (66)||3.3 (84)||3.1 (79)|
There were 650 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $39,583, and the median income for a family was $49,279. Males had a median income of $34,844 versus $22,161 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,814. About 3.2% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.0% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.
Republican Gerri Johnson is Churubusco's town clerk.
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