People In Alaska Are The Best Tippers, People In Delaware The Worst

Sure, Internet comment threads seem to be evenly split between generous tippers and people who resent the practice, but what about the population at large? Credit card payment service Square analyzed their transaction data and found some interesting patterns in tipping by state. We don’t want to draw any wider conclusions, but we’re also giving Delaware a sidelong glance.

You might associate Square with only small businesses, since it’s an app-based payment service that allows pretty much anyone to accept credit cards. Businesses like taxis, repair services, food trucks, and restaurants that all might receive tips all use Square for payments. They calculated which states’ transactions have the largest proportion that include tips at all, and also the average tip percentage by state.

Quartz created handy purple visual aids for both sets of data, but we find the tip percentage map much more interesting. In this map, the darker a state is, the more generous its residents are.


Here’s both sets of data in bar graph form.


Which US states tip the most (and least), as shown by millions of Square transactions [Quartz] (via Foodbeast)

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  1. jdgr says:

    Interestingly, I was born and raised in the state with the most tippers, so the influence of culture is probably why I tip often (and tip well, even though they aren’t the best tippers by a difference of 0.5%) even though I currently live in a state where servers make non-tipped-credit minimum or higher. However, I’m looking a bit sideways at the tip percentages, because people often tip differently based on the service. For example, someone might tip 20-25% to restaurant servers, but 15% for taxi drivers, and perhaps only 10% to food delivery drivers (higher for bad weather, of course). I’d be interested to see the breakdown of tips per type of service as well, because that data would probably tell us a lot more. (I do see that the original article has the caveat to “have a look at how each US state tips, but be easy on drawing any conclusions.”)

  2. Shea says:

    In California waiters make min. wage (the real min. wage ($8-9) not the 2 or 3 dollars an hour until your tip makes up the rest). Perhaps California is so far down the list because tips are voluntary rewards for good service as opposed to an expected service fee. Just a thought.