The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) recently released the results of a study that researched three decades of data to determine the effect that long-term consolidation in banking has had on community banks. The report, "The Continued Resiliency and Importance of Community Amid Long-Term Industry Consolidation," concluded that "community banks have remained highly resilient amid the long-term trend of banking industry consolidation." Since 1985, institutions with assets between $100 million and $10 billion – "most of which can be considered community banks" – have increased in both number and in total assets. For more, read the full news release and study.