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Great Banks and Credit Unions in the Northeast

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The Northeast is one of the country’s most densely populated regions. It’s also home to several of the nation’s largest cities, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of the largest financial institutions are well-represented and some are headquartered there.

The region bristles with bank and credit union branches. But which offer strong services? Here’s a look at four that stand out.



at Chase,

Member, FDIC

Chase offers a wide variety of checking accounts. The monthly fee on its most basic account, Chase Total Checking, is fairly easy to avoid.

The premium, interest-bearing checking accounts come with steep fees that are hard to avoid, and the rates don’t justify the costs. Chase’s savings options and certificates of deposit also pay low APYs.

The good news is that Chase has many branches and ATMs around the country, and its mobile app lets customers take care of some of the most important banking tasks while on the go. (For more details, read our Chase review.)

» Want to find out how other big banks compare? See our list of the best national banks



at Citibank,

Member, FDIC

Citibank has multiple checking account options. Monthly fees on its most basic account are fairly easy to avoid. Like other large banks, Citibank has low savings rates, which means your deposits won’t experience much growth.

The bank’s online and mobile tools let customers link Citi accounts to get a clear overview of their spending habits. Citibank has a large network of branches and ATMs in the region. (Read our Citibank review for more details.)

Digital Federal Credit Union

Digital Federal Credit Union

at Digital Federal Credit Union,

Federally insured by the NCUA

Digital Federal Credit Union distinguishes itself with a wide range of products and excellent savings certificate options.

The credit union participates in shared branching, meaning members can take care of basic banking tasks at thousands of credit unions throughout the U.S. And thanks to its mobile app and online banking capabilities, members can use their laptops and smartphones to complete a handful of banking tasks.

PNC Bank


at PNC,

Member, FDIC

PNC Bank’s Virtual Wallet features an intuitive design that makes it easy for users to track their saving and spending habits.

The bank also has all the other features you’d want from a big bank: standard and premium checking, certificates of deposit and money market accounts. (For more details, read our PNC review.)

Compare options to find the best fit

There’s no shortage of banking options, so you’re bound to find one that best serves your specific needs. Comparing products side by side can make selecting a bank or credit union much less daunting.

Tony Armstrong is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: Twitter: @tonystrongarm.

Updated Nov. 14, 2017.