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Dec 3, 2014

Yes. The more polar something is, typically, but not always, the more soluble it is in water. Why? Because polar things are more soluble in polar things, and since water is polar, more polar things dissolve in it. Nonpolar things dissolve more readily in nonpolar solvents (Oil dissolves well in hexane, both of which are nonpolar).

As for oganicity? It depends upon which organic compound you are talking about. If it is just a straight chain hydrocarbon (only carbons and hydrogens in a straight line), the they will all be nonpolar, but those with smaller numbers of atoms (fewer electrons to move about) are considered more nonpolar. If there are functional groups on the organic molecule, or side groups and double/triple bonds, then the polarity does change slightly.