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This is Where City's Worst Tippers Live, According to Recent Study

By Nicole Levy | December 2, 2015 5:55pm | Updated on December 4, 2015 5:34pm
 A delivery worker scales Park Avenue.
A delivery worker scales Park Avenue.
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Manhattan residents, who pay the highest median asking rent as per StreetEasy data, were the stingiest tippers, according to an analysis compiled by the real estate listings site StreetEasy with data from Seamless.

Seventeen of the 20 New York City neighborhoods with the lowest median tipping percentages were in Manhattan. Renters in Upper Carnegie Hill tipped the least, with a median tip of 12.3 percent.

Brooklynites are more generous than other New Yorkers when it comes to tipping food delivery workers, according to the study.

Fifteen of the 20 neighborhoods in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn with the highest median tipping percentage on Seamless orders were in Brooklyn. (The study focused on neighborhoods in which Seamless received an average of more than 10 orders a day in 2014.)

Seamless customers in Greenpoint, Sunset Park and Bushwick were especially generous, all tipping delivery food workers a median of 15 percent or higher.

The more expensive a neighborhood or the greater its rent burden, the lower its median tip, StreetEasy's study suggests. As data from GrubHub indicated last year, New Yorkers living in the wealthiest zip codes  tend to give food delivery workers smaller tips.

StreetEasy's analysis also looked at the rent-to-income ratio in different neighborhoods, finding that neighborhoods where renters pay larger percentages of the median household income tipped less. In Brooklyn Heights, where 30 percent of the median household's annual income in 2014 was spent on rent, the median tip percentage was 14 percent; in Elmhurst, where the rent-to-income ratio was 42 percent, the median tip percentage was 13.1 percent.