Nice (formerly, Clear Lake Villas) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Lake County, California, United States. Nice is located 4.5 miles (7.2 km) southeast of Upper Lake, at an elevation of 1362 feet (415 m). The population was 2,509 at the 2000 census.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all of it land.
The town was originally called Clear Lake Villas, until Chalres William Bayne renamed the place after his former home town, Nice, France, around 1930. The Nice post office opened in 1930.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,509 people, 1,142 households, and 649 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,134.3 people per square mile (438.3/km²). There were 1,672 housing units at an average density of 755.9/sq mi (292.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 87.29% White, 2.15% African American, 4.90% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 1.83% from other races, and 3.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.65% of the population.
There were 1,142 households out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 35.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 27.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $24,340, and the median income for a family was $28,358. Males had a median income of $29,444 versus $18,725 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,173. About 16.1% of families and 25.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.3% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
In the state legislature Nice is located in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Pat Wiggins, and in the 1st Assembly District, represented by Democrat Patty Berg. Federally, Nice is located in California's 1st congressional district, which has a Cook PVI of D +10 and is represented by Democrat Mike Thompson.