To answer this question, Ben Wellington of I Quant NY, a.k.a. the next Nate Silver, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt's School of Architecture, took data on the tipping rates of passengers in New York City's green taxi cabs, then combined it with trip location data and filtered it by starting neighborhood to create a heat map of the City's best and worst tipping neighborhoods. It turns out there is
a big difference between tipping rates in each neighborhood.
The top tipping neighborhood? Windsor Terrace with a median tip (labeled 0.5) of 20.4% though only 104 trips started in the neighborhood. Sunset Park West came in second with a median tip of 20.3%. Many other Brooklyn neighborhoods fill out the rest of the top ten list, all with a median tip of 20%, which is one of the convenient preset options.
For more on the calculation process, data collection, and more neighborhood stats check out the full article.
via I Quant NY
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