It's a trend straight out of science fiction—machines made by people are increasingly replacing them on the job.

However, for many workers—male or female—the rise of artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics is no longer the stuff of science fiction, but instead a new reality rendering them obsolete in the manufacturing industries that formerly employed them, according MagnifyMoney, a personal finance website.

A June 2019 report published in Oxford Economics estimates that robots could replace up to 20 million manufacturing jobs worldwide by 2030 and that an estimated 260,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs have already disappeared since 2000.

MagnifyMoney found that jobs in the manufacturing, hospitality and tourism, and data entry/processing fields, which did not require an educational requirement above a high school diploma, ranked highest for potential automation. From self-drive ride hail cars to hotel concierge virtual assistants, machines are replacing humans at a cost that does not include health insurance, vacation and sick days, or pension plans. 

By examining the 100 largest U.S. cities, and comparing the  risk of automation of certain occupations to the number of people working in those fields, MagnifyMoney identified the areas of the nation with the most jobs at risk.

The following, in ascending order, are the top 10 places with the most jobs at risk of automation:

10.  Greensboro, N.C.

North Carolina is the center of the U.S. textile industry, as well as home to other manufacturers. Out of 308,570 jobs in Greensboro, the state’s third-largest city, 196,278 (63.61%) are at risk of being replaced by automation.