Age a Child Can Be Left Home Alone by State 

To leave a child alone at home for however long unsupervised can rightly make many responsible parents nervous. There are many dangers that a child is susceptible to at home; sharp objects, choking hazards, unattended firearms, etc. Therefore, many parents hesitate to leave their kids alone. 

However, these concerns about safety diminish with age, as when kids grow up they become more mature and aware of the danger around them. As children become more mature, there is more impetus for parents to leave them at home alone as they are confident that their kids would be able to handle it. 

But it has been shown that while many latchkey kids grow up more street smart and mature as a result of the independence they get early on, they are also susceptible to peer pressure which could lead them towards bad habits like drinking, smoking or drug use. Furthermore, in children who are left at home too often, schools often record poorer academic performance due to depression, loneliness or other effects that a lack of parental figures may have on a child’s development. 

The other question to consider when considering leaving kids at home alone is the legality of such a move in the first place. In many states, this is not an issue as they don’t have a legal age for latchkey kids, but other states do. 

To see how the minimum legal age for kids to stay home alone varies by state, scroll the data in the charts.

Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone by State

Colorado - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Delaware - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Georgia - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Illinois - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Kansas - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Maryland - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Michigan - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Mississippi - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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New Mexico - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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North Carolina - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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North Dakota - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Oregon - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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Tennessee - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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#38 in the US

Washington - Legal Age a Child Can be Left Alone

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