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Minneola, Florida
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Location in Lake County and the state of Florida
Country  United States of America
State  Florida
County Flag of Lake County, Florida.png Lake
 • Total 3.3 sq mi (8.3 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (7.9 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 98 ft (30 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,435
 • Density 1,647/sq mi (654.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 34755
Area code(s) 352
FIPS code 12-45900
GNIS feature ID 0286962

Minneola is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,435 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 7,253. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Minneola tangelo is named after the city.


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Minneola is located at 28°34′41″N 81°44′49″W / 28.578027°N 81.746885°W / 28.578027; -81.746885.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.71 square miles (8.4 km²), of which 10.34 square miles (26.8 km2) is land and 0.37 square miles (0.96 km2) (5.26%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 185
1940 269 45.4%
1950 399 48.3%
1960 684 71.4%
1970 878 28.4%
1980 851 −3.1%
1990 1,515 78.0%
2000 5,435 258.7%
2010 9,403 73.0%
Est. 2015 10,735 14.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2009, there were 9,139 people, 1,929 households, and 1,516 families residing in the city. The population density was 883.51 people per sq. mile (685.8/km²). There were 2,032 housing units at an average density of 665.1 per square mile (256.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.70% White, 5.06% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.94% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.93% of the population.

There were 1,929 households out of which 42.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.7% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% were non-families. 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city, the population was spread out with 29.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 37.2% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and 8.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $46,250, and the median income for a family was $52,645. Males had a median income of $36,231 versus $23,569 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,721. About 3.7% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.1% of those under age 18 and 7.5% of those age 65 or over.

Gambling referendum

Lake County commissioners are calling for a special election that would ask voters if a gambling venue should be allowed in the city. Mayor David Yeager proposed a horse track alongside a card room venue on February 3, 2009 during a city council meeting. Yeager said, "pari-mutuel gambling would put people to work in a county struggling with a 9.7 percent unemployment rate." Since neither Lake County or Minneola currently have gambling venues, state law mandates that the citizens of the county will have to vote on the issue during a special election. According to election officials, a special election could cost the county up to $375,000. The City Council voted to not place this item on a special election and to pass on any gambling venues.

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