Legal Babysitting Age by State

Babysitting is typically a job that is carried out by those who are not yet eligible to partake in ordinary employment within the general economy. Hence, it being an activity fulfilled mostly part-time by early teenagers.

With regards to the law, however, the minimum age for a minor to become a babysitter is legally determined by the age at which one can be left alone—without adult supervision. 

Not every state has a law setting the legal age to babysit; thirty states have no minimum age at which a child can be left alone. On top of that, six states do not have any law regarding the babysitting age. Regarding states that do have laws governing the legal babysitting age, the eldest required by a state is 14, and the lowest is 6.

Learn for yourself how the legal babysitting age changes by exploring the data in the charts.

Legal Babysitting Age by State

Colorado

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12

#2 in the US

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15

#13 in the US

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16

#12 in the US

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16

#9 in the US

Delaware

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12

#3 in the US

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16

#2 in the US

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16

#14 in the US

Georgia

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8

#11 in the US

MINIMUM DRIVING AGEhelp

15

#15 in the US

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16

#16 in the US

Illinois

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14

#1 in the US

MINIMUM DRIVING AGEhelp

15

#17 in the US

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#18 in the US

MINIMUN WORKING AGEhelp

12

#26 in the US

Kansas

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6

#14 in the US

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14

#47 in the US

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16

#20 in the US

Maryland

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8

#12 in the US

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15.75

#21 in the US

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#22 in the US

Michigan

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11

#5 in the US

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14.75

#48 in the US

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#23 in the US

Mississippi

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12

#4 in the US

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15

#23 in the US

New Mexico

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10

#6 in the US

MINIMUM DRIVING AGEhelp

15

#28 in the US

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#28 in the US

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16

#16 in the US

North Carolina

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8

#13 in the US

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15

#29 in the US

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16

#30 in the US

North Dakota

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9

#10 in the US

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14

#50 in the US

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16

#31 in the US

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14

#25 in the US

Oregon

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10

#7 in the US

MINIMUM DRIVING AGEhelp

15

#32 in the US

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#7 in the US

MINIMUN WORKING AGEhelp

16

#19 in the US

Tennessee

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10

#8 in the US

MINIMUM DRIVING AGEhelp

15

#34 in the US

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#38 in the US

Washington

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10

#9 in the US

MINIMUM DRIVING AGEhelp

15

#39 in the US

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#8 in the US

MINIMUN WORKING AGEhelp

18

#4 in the US