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Orcas Island, WA City Information

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Population / Demographics Orcas Island

County: San Juan County

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As Sperling's Best Places, Orcas Island words it ... "Step onto horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, drop your suitcase or backpack, and drink in the green paradise the locals call 'the gem of the San Juans' - a happy combination of stunning shoreline, the highest mountain in the islands, and a handful of charming hamlets, including Eastsound, the main village on 'the Emerald Isle.'"

Population of Orcas Island

As of 2016, Orcas Island estimated population is 5395 people (with 4453 the official count in the 2000 census).

Demographics of Orcas Island

White: 97.01%
Black: 0.00%
Asian: 1.90%
Native American: 0.00%
Hawaiian, Pacific Islander: 0.00%
Other: 0.00%
Two or More Races: 0.00%
Hispanic: 1.09%
Non-Hispanic: 98.91%

Economy / Employment

The unemployment rate in Orcas Island (zip 98280) is 4.50 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is positive. Orcas Island (zip 98280) jobs have increased by 0.05 percent. As of 2014, Orcas Island's (zip 98280)'s population is 368 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 0.00 percent.


67.26% of the people in Orcas Island (zip 98280), Washington are registered as Democrats. 29.37% are registered Republican. Remaining are independent: 3.38%. Median Housing Cost

Median Home Value

The median home value in Orcas Island (zip 98280), Washington, is $872,500. Home appreciation is -0.55% over the last 10 years. The median age of Orcas Island (zip 98280), Washington, real estate is 29 years.

Distance from Orcas Island in Miles

Because there are no bridges to or from Orcas Island, to get to and from the island you have to take a ferry from Anacortes when arriving by car. Refer to the Anacortes / Orcas Island ferry schedule. The Washington State ferry system is made up of several large passenger / vehicle barges that can hold 90 - 112 vehicles (depending on ferry) that include an upper deck and restaurant for an enjoyable and relaxing experience crossing the Puget Sound.

The following miles and time in distance include both driving major freeways and the waiting time and transport time on a Washington State ferry to Lopez Island.

Orcas to Vancouver BC - 3 h 52 min (112.8 mi) via I-5 N
Orcas to Mt. Vernon - 2 h 5 min (35.7 mi) via Anacortes - Orcas Island
Orcas to Everett - 2 h 37 min (71.7 mi) via I-5 S
Orcas to Seattle - 3 h 38 min (99.3 mi) via I-5 S

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