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