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Gulf, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Gulf, North Carolina
Gulf, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Chatham
 • Total 0.92 sq mi (2.39 km2)
 • Land 0.91 sq mi (2.36 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
270 ft (80 m)
 • Total 144
 • Density 158/sq mi (61.1/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
FIPS code 37-28600
GNIS feature ID 1020575

Gulf is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in southwestern Chatham County, North Carolina, United States, southeast of the town of Goldston. As of the 2010 census, the Gulf CDP had a population of 144. The community is home to a general store and several historic homes. It received its name from its location at a wide bend in the Deep River.

Gulf is an interconnection point between the Norfolk Southern Railway and the Aberdeen, Carolina and Western Railway.

Historic sites

The Haughton-McIver House and Marion Jasper Jordan Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Gulf is located on the southern border of Chatham County, on the north side of Deep River. The Cape Fear River forms at the confluence of Deep River and the Haw River approximately 20 miles downstream of Gulf. Gulf is 16 miles (26 km) SE of Siler City and 8 miles (13 km) NW of Sanford. Pittsboro, the Chatham County seat, is 17 miles (27 km) to the northeast via the Pittsboro-Goldston Road.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the Gulf CDP has a total area of 0.92 square miles (2.39 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 1.18%, is water.

Gulf is at the geographical center of North Carolina.

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