Age of Consent by State

The age of consent is the legal age at which a person is able to consent to sexual intercourse. If a sexual relationship occurs when one party is below the statutory age of consent, it is considered statutory rape, because they are legally unable to consent to sex. This is true even if both parties are under the age of consent, though states have adopted “Romeo and Juliet laws” to take this into account (an exception to age of consent laws). Age of consent laws do not apply if the parties are married, though there are also statutory minimums for the age at which one can marry.

While states may set their own age of consent, they only range from sixteen to eighteen. There are eleven states where the age of consent is the same as the age of majority, and six states where the age of consent is seventeen. The remaining states have an age of consent of sixteen.

See for yourself how the age of consent varies by state by exploring the data in the charts.

Age of Consent by State

Alabama - Age of Consent

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#20 in the US

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#9 in the US

Alaska - Age of Consent

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#21 in the US

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#10 in the US

Arizona - Age of Consent

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#1 in the US

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#11 in the US

Arkansas - Age of Consent

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#22 in the US

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#4 in the US

California - Age of Consent

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#2 in the US

Colorado - Age of Consent

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#12 in the US

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#12 in the US

Connecticut - Age of Consent

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#23 in the US

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#13 in the US

Delaware - Age of Consent

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#3 in the US

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#14 in the US

District of Columbia - Age of Consent

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#24 in the US

Florida - Age of Consent

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#4 in the US

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#15 in the US

Georgia - Age of Consent

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#25 in the US

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#16 in the US

Hawaii - Age of Consent

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#26 in the US

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#45 in the US

Idaho - Age of Consent

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#5 in the US

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#17 in the US

Illinois - Age of Consent

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#13 in the US

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#18 in the US

Indiana - Age of Consent

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#27 in the US

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#5 in the US

Iowa - Age of Consent

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#28 in the US

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#19 in the US

Kansas - Age of Consent

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#29 in the US

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#20 in the US

Kentucky - Age of Consent

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#30 in the US

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#1 in the US

Louisiana - Age of Consent

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#14 in the US

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#2 in the US

Maine - Age of Consent

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#31 in the US

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#21 in the US

Maryland - Age of Consent

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#32 in the US

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#22 in the US

Massachusetts - Age of Consent

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#33 in the US

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#47 in the US

Michigan - Age of Consent

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#34 in the US

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#23 in the US

Minnesota - Age of Consent

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#35 in the US

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#24 in the US

Mississippi - Age of Consent

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#36 in the US

Missouri - Age of Consent

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#15 in the US

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#46 in the US

Montana - Age of Consent

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#37 in the US

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#25 in the US

Nebraska - Age of Consent

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#38 in the US

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#6 in the US

Nevada - Age of Consent

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#39 in the US

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#26 in the US

New Hampshire - Age of Consent

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#40 in the US

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#48 in the US

New Jersey - Age of Consent

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#41 in the US

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#27 in the US

New Mexico - Age of Consent

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#16 in the US

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#28 in the US

New York - Age of Consent

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#17 in the US

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#29 in the US

North Carolina - Age of Consent

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#42 in the US

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#30 in the US

North Dakota - Age of Consent

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#6 in the US

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Ohio - Age of Consent

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#43 in the US

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#32 in the US

Oklahoma - Age of Consent

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#44 in the US

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#33 in the US

Oregon - Age of Consent

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#7 in the US

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#7 in the US

Pennsylvania - Age of Consent

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#34 in the US

Rhode Island - Age of Consent

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#46 in the US

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#35 in the US

South Carolina - Age of Consent

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#47 in the US

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#36 in the US

South Dakota - Age of Consent

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#48 in the US

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#37 in the US

Tennessee - Age of Consent

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#8 in the US

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#38 in the US

Texas - Age of Consent

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#18 in the US

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#39 in the US

Utah - Age of Consent

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#9 in the US

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Vermont - Age of Consent

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#49 in the US

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Virginia - Age of Consent

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#10 in the US

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#42 in the US

Washington - Age of Consent

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#50 in the US

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#8 in the US

West Virginia - Age of Consent

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#51 in the US

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#3 in the US

Wisconsin - Age of Consent

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#11 in the US

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#43 in the US

Wyoming - Age of Consent

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#19 in the US

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#44 in the US

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#52 in the US