The locals like to keep Austin weird, and there are few things weirder in this economy than 6.6% unemployment and home prices dropping to a rate less than the 4.7% national average.
All the barbecue, nacho platters, Shiner Bock and music and film festivals such as South By Southwest, Austin City Limits, Fun Fun Fun and the Austin Music Festival aren't worth much if you don't have the scratch to enjoy them or home to enjoy them from. Austin continues to ride a pure blend of state jobs, University of Texas help and private-sector employment out of the recession and into some mighty comfortable economic recovery. If good times are weird, Austin's only getting weirder in 2012.
"The bloom's not off the yellow rose of Texas," Trulia's Kolko says. "Texas isn't hung over from the housing boom like the other big states of the South and West, so there's little to hold back growth."