If you're a server in Kansas City, you can count on the generosity of diners: The metro area ranks among the nation's best for average gratuity. That's according to data compiled by Square Inc., which provides transaction software and related credit card-processing equipment to retailers nationwide. Square culled the information from more than 2 million sellers who use the service nationwide. Check out the accompanying slide show to see where Kansas City ranks. Nationally, tips averaged 16.4 percent. The data came from retailers ranging from small businesses to one as large as Whole Foods (Nasdaq: WFM). Square's rankings included a list of all U.S. states as well as a separate list of the the
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According to new data, diners in Mississippi and Arkansas are much more generous tippers than those in Tennessee. Mississippi tied for No. 7 in a national study, with its diners tipping 17 percent on average; diners in Arkansas tied for No. 10, generally tipping 16.9 percent. But, Tennessee tied for No. 42, with diners tipping an average of 15.9 percent. That's according to data compiled by Square Inc., which provides transaction software and related credit card-processing equipment to retailers throughout the United States. The analysis looked at millions of transactions. More than two million sellers use Square across the country. The national average of a tip was 16.4 percent. The data came