The nation's most profitable community banks have a knack for making big money - even when the business is a bit choppy.

Last year, amid climbing interest rates and narrowing profit margins, the best large community banks churned out a whopping 2.58% return on average assets, more than double the 1.15% return for the industry, according to an American Banker survey.

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