Arizona Among America’s Most Unthankful States

Fact Checked by Michael Peters took a break from Arizona sports betting coverage to take a look at which states are the most thankful.

While it is hard to objectively decipher thankfulness, we found two key statistics in order to help us with our research. utilized two combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 United States from most to least thankful. We utilized Toast’s data showing the state ranking of highest average tip percentage to restaurants during 2022 and Google Trend’s search interest of “Thank You Notes” over the past 12 months.

Here’s where the Grand Canyon State ranks nationally by both metrics, compared to others across the country.

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Least Thankful States

Overall Rank State Thank You Note Ranking Average 2022 Tip Ranking Average Ranking
49New Mexico464244

Arizona Among Least Thankful States In America

Whether it be the state’s lack of ‘thank you’ notes or Arizonans’ low average tip sums, the 48th State certainly ranks low nationally when it comes to being thankful — despite ranking high nationally in handle generated by Arizona sportsbook apps.

Overall, Arizona ranked 32nd nationally in residents’ average tips, while the state finished 44th nationally in terms of thank you note search volume.

The two metrics gave Arizona a combined ranking of 38, giving the state the eighth lowest total of any state in the country, sandwiched between Oklahoma (38.5) and Alaska (36.5).

Nationally, Nevada took home the award for the country’s least thankful state, with an average ranking of 47, followed by New Mexico (44), Washington (42) and California (41).

Arizona’s northerly neighbor, Utah, finished in a tie with Florida as the fifth least thankful state in America, with an average ranking of 39, capping off a full slate of lowly rankings for the country’s southwestern states (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico).

At least Arizonans can take some small semblance of solace in knowing the state finished ahead of its four closest neighbors, though there’s definitely plenty of work to be done to rebuild the Grand Canyon State’s standing in the years ahead.


Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is the lead writer at after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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