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Idaho has ... the best tippers in the nation?

How much is appropriate to tip servers is a perennial hot topic. The average tip in the “worst” state is close to 15 percent.
How much is appropriate to tip servers is a perennial hot topic. The average tip in the “worst” state is close to 15 percent.

You’re the best — and not just in the west.

A ranking of how people across the country tipped in July this year showed that Idahoans tipped an average of 17.4 percent, according to Time.

Idaho ranked first.

The Gem State edged out Arizona and West Virginia, who both had average gratuities of 17.3 percent.

The worst? Hawaii. Their average tip was 14.8 percent.

The rankings were generated by the payment processing company Square, which analyzed data from 2 million sellers across the country.

Idaho’s top ranking is particularly notable given that the state ranks 36th in median household income ($51,624).

Earlier this year, Money magazine broke down the demographics of the best tippers in the country:

“Men, Republicans, baby boomers and debit or credit card users all leave an average tip of 20% of the total bill when they dine out, according to a CreditCards.com poll. Women leave a median tip of 16%, while Southerners and Democrats are at 15%,” the magazine reported.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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