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Orchards is a census-designated place (CDP) in Clark County, Washington, United States. The population was 19,556 at the 2010 census.
According to one account, in 1846 an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company named Dugald McTavish surveyed land near the fur trading post Fort Vancouver. McTavish described four plains in the area of thick woods. Officials at the trading post numbered the plains, and so the area was originally known as Fourth Plain. Wanting a more unique name, residents voted in 1904 to change the name to Orchards, after the many fruit trees in the area.
Orchards is located in southern Clark County at 45°41′2″N 122°31′45″W (45.683873, -122.529267). It is bordered to the northeast by Hockinson, to the north by Brush Prairie, to the west by Five Corners, and to the south by the city limits of Vancouver. The neighborhood of Sifton is in the southern part of the CDP.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the Orchards CDP has a total area of 5.4 square miles (14.0 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 17,852 people, 5,918 households, and 4,704 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 2,601.4 people per square mile (1,004.8/km2). There were 6,175 housing units at an average density of 899.8/sq mi (347.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.39% White, 1.75% African American, 0.88% Native American, 4.11% Asian, 0.59% Pacific Islander, 1.84% from other races, and 3.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.53% of the population.