Here’s how we know: Online takeout ordering site GrubHub gathered data for a year’s worth of non-cash tips and used that info to rank the best and worst tipping cities in America. The worst tippers seem mostly to hail from New York, California and Illinois:
- Syracuse, NY: 12.1 percent
- Ithaca, NY: 12.8 percent
- Champaign, IL: 13.1 percent
- Rochester, NY: 13.4 percent
- San Jose, CA: 13.4 percent
- Greensboro, NC: 13.4 percent
- Bloomington, IN: 13.5 percent
- Orange County, CA: 13.5 percent
- Chicago, IL: 13.6 percent
- Lansing, MI: 13.6 percent
What gives, New York, California, and
Illinois? Between the three of you, you net seven of the 10 spots on this list — California
and Illinois both have two, and New York three. And given that this data was
drawn from GrubHub’s credit card records, you definitely can’t make the “Oh, I
just didn’t have enough cash on me” excuse.
For comparison purposes, here
are the ten best tippers in the country:
- Boulder, CO: 16.2
- Denver, CO: 15.7
- Fort Collins, CO: 15.4
- Bloomington, IL: 15.1 percent (not to be confused with Bloomington, IN on the previous list)
- Chartlottesville, VA: 15 percent
- Dallas, TX: 15 percent
- Columbus, OH: 14.9 percent
- Knoxville, TN: 14.9 percent
- Kalamazoo, MI: 14.9 percent
- Phoenix, AZ: 14.8 percent
Delivery people? You might want
to consider moving to Colorado — since they take all three of the top spots on
this list, it looks like you’ll get the most bang for your buck there.
I think what this means is that a nice, round 15 percent is probably a good bet; delivery folk rely on tips to make up anywhere between 30 and 70 percent of their salaries, so don’t be a cheapskate. Oh, and it’s probably not a bad idea to tip extra if your pizza delivery guy ventures out in the middle of a blizzard to delivery your favorite Veggie Lover’s selection right to your door. Just sayin’.
Delivery people of America, we salute you!