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By   – Editor, Orlando Business Journal

Good morning, Orlando!

If you’re looking for a city offering low unemployment, affordable homes, and high pay, then you need to head to Ames, Iowa, according to a new study from SmartAsset.

For its fourth annual study, SmartAsset ranked 355 cities on metrics that included a change in total employment, median income, annual housing costs and career support such as counselors and higher education teachers.

Utah claimed two spots among the top 10 cities because of affordability and job opportunities. Included in the top 10 were Provo, Utah, Pocatello, Idaho, Greeley, Colo., Huntsville, Ala., Logan, Utah, Lafayette, Ind., Wausau, Wis., Spartanburg, S.C., and Dayton, Ohio. Alas, Orlando didn’t make the top of the list.

And be sure to check out these other Monday headlines:

South Florida developer aims for new Orlando development

A Miami-based developer is squaring up a new development on a former golf course near Mall at Millenia into nearly 1,000 condo or multifamily units along with commercial retail space. More here.

Space Coast Launch Services LLC lays off 102 positions

Space Coast Launch Services LLC will shed 102 jobs from its location at Patrick Air Force Base. All layoffs will happen on Sept. 30, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed on July 26. More here.

Of the 10 best cities to raise a family, nine were either in the Midwest or the South, which was due largely to lower mortgage expenses for homeowners, shorter commutes, strong local economic conditions, and lower infant care costs. Meanwhile, Orlando ranked as the 44th best place to raise a family. See the full study here.

NASA names first astronauts for SpaceX, Boeing space station missions

NASA has revealed the nine astronauts — seven men and two women — who will fly the first American-made commercial spacecraft to and from the International Space Station. More here.

More than a third of college students go hungry

As students get ready to head back to school for the fall, here’s a new study worth noting: Buying nutritious food is a problem for more than a third of American college students, many of whom are working at low-income jobs, living off financial aid and student loans or raising families as they work towards a degree.