The number of community banks has declined sharply in the last few years. Part of the decline is owed to the fact that virtually no new banks have been created since 2009. Between 2004 and 2008, an average of about 300 commercial banks disappeared each year, mostly as a result of mergers. But these losses were offset by the creation of 146 new banks each year on average. From 2009 to 2013, we continued to lose about the same number of banks annually, but gained only 6 new banks on average each year.