Study shows Austin diners are some of the best tippers in the country

Maybe it’s because many Austinites have worked in the service industry. Maybe it’s because the average consumer here is sensitive to the city’s high cost of living. Maybe it’s simply the metrics of the study and data compiled. Regardless, July consumer data tracked by Square, “which provides transaction software and related credit card-processing equipment to retailers throughout the United States,” according to the Austin Business Journal, shows that people in Austin (at least in July) are really good tippers.

The Tomahawk pork chop is on the menu at the revamped Stagecoach Inn in Salado. (Cody Graham)

The data, analyzed and charted by San Francisco Business Chronicle and the Houston Business Journal, revealed that the average consumer tipped 16.7 percent in July, just behind San Antonio at 16.8 percent. The data came from “retailers ranging from small businesses to those as large as Whole Foods Market Inc.,” according to the Chronicle and Journal, though you can’t tip on your card at the Whole Foods in downtown Austin, so, who knows. Anywho …

Austin ranked #5 among the Top 30 cities in America, while Pittsburgh was #1 at 17.6 percent. Dallas and Houston came in tied for 9th, at 16.3 percent. Where do you apparently not want a job in the service industry? Cleveland, which came in 30th, with an average tip of 14 percent. Check out the full list and graphics here. 

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