I just found out that the FDIC (federal deposit insurance corporation [of America]) maintains an official list of failed banks. Here it is.
By my count, the credit crunch - August 2007 to present, almost a full year - has caused one more bank failure (8) than the first quarter of 2002 (7), a period of only three months.
I have no idea what happened in the first quarter of 2002. Does anyone remember? I don't. My priors expected more failures; colour me underwhelmed. Guess I don't have to worry too much in choosing a financial institution two weeks from now.