The ranking is based on a $1,500
monthly balance held in a checking account for one year, with average
account activity of 12 transactions per month and one bounced check
per year. Simple interest is credited to the account if it is interest
The 20 best deals have traditionally
been from the largest institutions in each of the 35 top markets.
New with this survey, we included a select number of Internet banks.
The combined rankings incorporate both the institutions from the
35 largest markets as well as the accounts offered by the Internet