The best checking account values in the nation's cities are most often found at community banks, and particularly thrifts, according to Consumer Reports magazine.

Banks and thrifts with assets of less than $3 billion offered the best values for accounts with no minimum balance in 13 of 25 metropolitan areas surveyed.

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