The Sacramento, Calif., area has emerged as a hotbed for start-up banks, thanks to consolidation and the eastward movement of high-tech companies.

Three banks-Auburn National Bank in Auburn, Bank of Sacramento, and Yolo Community Bank in Woodland-have opened since February. A fourth, Silverado Bank, has approval from state regulators to open in Roseville. And the regulators say an investment group is eyeing the area as a place to set up a bank.

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