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CSBS is currently collecting responses for the Q2 2021 Community Bank Sentiment Index.

Your responses help economists and state regulators understand the state of community banking.


The Community Bank Sentiment Index is an index derived from quarterly polling of community bankers across the nation. As community bankers answer questions about their outlook on the economy, their answers are analyzed and compiled into a single number. An index reading of 100 indicates a neutral sentiment, while anything above 100 indicates a positive sentiment, and anything below 100 indicates negative sentiment.

The Quarter 1 2022 Community Bank Sentiment Index Number is:


This represents a negative reading in economic sentiment by community bankers and is four points below the index reading for last quarter. 

Key Highlights: 

  • The CBSI dropped to 97, four points lower than the level of 101 recorded in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 18 points lower than Q1 2021. 
  • Community bankers have become pessimistic about future business conditions, as that indicator dropped to 83 points, down 27 points below its level last quarter and 61 points below its reading from one year ago.  
  • The profitability component had the greatest quarterly improvement, rising 17 points to 68 points from its nadir of 51 in Q4 2021; however, it still remains below the neutral level of 100.  
  • The regulatory burden component (28 points) remains the lowest among the seven components, although it improved 6 points from 22 recorded in Q4 2021.  


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Interactive Dashboard

 In this interactive, you can click on a positive, neutral, or negative view in each subcategory to see how those respondents answered other questions. For example, if you click the "they will be better than today" green bar under business conditions, all other subcategories will update to display responses only by those people who believe future business conditions will be better than today. Clicking on the same item a second time will return you to the original display. 

Data Behind the Index

Every quarter, the Community Bank Sentiment Index number will be accompanied with a paper explaining the underlying data. You can read the full report to learn how this breaks down by region and asset size, the influence of technology and impact on merger activity. 

Sentiment Index Findings

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