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How Long Will It Take You To Afford The $17K Apple Watch?

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Mar 11, 2015 at 11:32 AM ET

If you live in South Dakota and you’re earning the average wage, you’ll need to work full-time for 23 weeks to have enough money to buy the top-of-the-line Apple Watch.

Vocativ crunched the numbers on sales taxes and average wages around the United States, and plotted it against the cost of Apple’s new line of wrist-wear. Residents of South Dakota, with a high sales tax (6 percent in places) and low average wage ($17.56/hr) need to work the longest to earn the after-tax price of the most expensive Apple Watch – 118 solid days of work, or 23.5 working weeks. And that’s gross earnings – before the government takes income tax – and assuming you don’t spend a penny on food, rent or utilities until you get your watch. See the full state-by-state breakdown below.