Northwest CUs Score Coveted Spots on Forbes’ 2021 Best Credit Unions List

Forbes magazine recently released its annual list of America’s best credit unions, and once again, NWCUA member credit unions scored top spots in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Forbes partnered with research firm Statista to compile its fourth annual ranking, surveying nearly 25,000 credit union members about their current and former relationships.


Mountain America Credit Union made the top five in the country and ranked first in Idaho. While it’s headquartered in Sandy, Utah, the credit union has branches across the Gem State, including in Boise, Eagle, Idaho Falls, Garden Valley, Meridian, Nampa, and Twin Falls. 

“We are honored that our members rated us as the top credit union in Idaho,” says Sterling Nielsen, President and CEO at Mountain America. “From providing the best in-person member experience to the most innovative products and services, we are committed to helping our members achieve their financial dreams.”

Four other credit unions that ranked high in Idaho are:

  • Westmark Credit Union, Idaho Falls
  • Idaho Central Credit Union, Chubbuck
  • Pioneer Federal Credit Union, Mountain Home
  • CapEd Credit Union, Meridian


Portland-based Advantis Credit Union ranked number one in Oregon, which is a testament to the outstanding service its members receive every day.

“Advantis is honored to be named the number one credit union in Oregon on the Forbes list of Best-in-State Credit Unions of 2021,” said Jason Werts, the credit union’s President and CEO. “This was made possible through the voices of our 83,000 member-owners, and our employees, who make every day about serving our members and helping them reach their financial goals. We congratulate the other best-in-state award winners and all Northwest credit unions. Our collective Movement is truly making a difference in our communities.”

Other top credit unions in Oregon are:

  • Unitus Community Credit Union, Portland
  • Northwest Community Credit Union, Eugene
  • OnPoint Community Credit Union, Portland
  • Rivermark Community Credit Union, Beaverton


iQ Credit Union, based in Vancouver, took the top spot in Washington, crediting its hardworking, mission-driven staff as a key contributing factor.

“Our staff provides the most amazing service to our unique membership, with the products and services they need,” said President and CEO, Eric Petracca. “Throughout this last tough year, it’s clear that our staff continued to go above and beyond for our membership. iQ is growing, but we remain local and true to our communities. Our goal of providing friendly, genuine service as well as our purpose as a credit union is reflected in this recognition.”

Other highly ranked credit unions in Washington include:

  • BECU, Tukwila
  • TwinStar Credit Union, Olympia
  • STCU, Spokane
  • WSECU, Olympia

Congratulations to all Northwest credit unions that made the list. Your staunch commitment to the “People Helping People” philosophy makes you the best financial services partner for more than 8 million consumers in the region.

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