Denver Has Some of The Most Generous Tippers in America

By Shawn Patrick on March 10, 2023
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Servers depend on tips to make money and after being on the job for a while, most develop a good sense about who’s going to be a good tipper and who isn’t. That intuition may come in handy, but a new report reveals which cities have the most generous tippers. And the one topping the list is a little surprising.

Restaurant software firm Toast looked at metropolitan areas to determine which one is the best tipping city. They looked only at transactions where the tip was added on a credit card or digital payment, so it doesn’t include those paid in cold, hard cash.

The cities with the most generous tippers are:

  1. Cleveland: 20.6%
  2. Denver: 19.8%
  3. Salt Lake City: 19.6%
  4. Phoenix: 19.5%
  5. Richmond: 19.3%
  6. Chicago: 19.3%
  7. New Orleans: 19.0%
  8. New York: 18.7%
  9. Washington, D.C.: 18.6%
  10. Seattle: 18.0%
  11. Los Angeles: 17.5%
  12. San Francisco: 17.0%

How is the highest tip average only 20.6%? Isn’t that the bare minimum for good service?

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