The Best Regional Banks Throughout the West South Central

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Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana make up the West South Central region, which is the geographical bridge between the American Southwest and the Deep South. There’s plenty of variety among the region’s 10 best financial institutions, including giant banks that are by no means unique to the area and small regional banks and credit unions — including one local gem you won’t find anywhere else in the country.

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In order to pick out the best financial institutions in the West South Central states, GOBankingRates examined the checking fees, savings APY and 12-month CD APY associated with each bank or credit union, as well as the number of branch locations. You’ll see all of that critical information laid out below, but the study dug even deeper.

The rankings also considered what other kinds of financial products and services each bank and credit union offers — including mortgages, vehicle loans, investment services, insurance and credit cards — as well as their total assets and their mobile app ratings.

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The following is a list of the top 10 banks and credit unions in the West South Central region of America.

JP Morgan Chase

  • Branch locations: 4,960
  • Checking fee: $12
  • Savings APY: 0.01%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.02%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

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Navy Federal Credit Union

  • Branch locations: 298
  • Checking fee: $0
  • Savings APY: 0.25%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.55%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

Bank of America

  • Branch locations: 4,215
  • Checking fee: $12
  • Savings APY: 0.01%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.03%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

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Wells Fargo

  • Branch locations: 5,024
  • Checking fee: $10
  • Savings APY: 0.01%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.01%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

American Airlines Credit Union

  • Branch locations: 38
  • Checking fee: $4.75
  • Savings APY: 0.40%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.50%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

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Eastman

  • Branch locations: 28
  • Checking fee: $0
  • Savings APY: 0.30%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.65

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Branch locations: 28
  • Checking fee: $0
  • Savings APY: 0.25
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.55%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

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Delta Community

  • Branch locations: 30
  • Checking fee: $0
  • Savings APY: 0.08%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.55%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

U.S. Bank

  • Branch locations: 2,319
  • Checking fee: $6.95
  • Savings APY: 0.01%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.05%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

Truist Bank

  • Branch locations: 2,562
  • Checking fee: $12
  • Savings APY: 0.01%
  • 12-month CD APY: 0.05%

Read more about this financial institution in our full review about it.

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Methodology: To discover the Top 100 Best Banks, GOBankingRates looked at all institutions with available published data (National, Regional, Local, and Online) from the 2021 Best Banks categories as well as all Credit Unions with over $1 billion in total assets and accessible to a wide audience. GOBankingRates looked at the following factors: (1) total assets as sourced from the FDIC and NCUA; (2) number of branch locations as sourced from the FDIC and NCUA; (3) checking account annual fee; (4) savings account APY rate; (5) 12-month CD APY rate; (6) customer service products offered (24/7 customer service and live chat with a human); (7) Bauer rating (out of 5 stars); (8) products/services offered (auto loans, mortgage loans, credit cards, investment services, and insurance); and (9) the average mobile app rating between the android and apple stores. All factors were then scored and combined, with the lowest score being best. Factors (1) and (4) were weighted 1.5 times in final scoring, factor (2) was weighted 2 times, factor (6) was weighted 0.5 times, and factor (8) was weighted 2.5 times. For all Savings and Checking Account data only the basic accounts/products offered at each institution was analyzed. All data is up to date as of 12/8/21, rates and fees subject to change.

Editorial Note: This content is not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of the bank advertiser, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. This site may be compensated through the bank advertiser Affiliate Program.

About the Author

Andrew Lisa has been writing professionally since 2001. An award-winning writer, Andrew was formerly one of the youngest nationally distributed columnists for the largest newspaper syndicate in the country, the Gannett News Service. He worked as the business section editor for amNewYork, the most widely distributed newspaper in Manhattan, and worked as a copy editor for TheStreet.com, a financial publication in the heart of Wall Street's investment community in New York City.

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