Marriage Age by State

The age at which a person can marry in a given state is dictated by either statute or common law (that is, law established by court precedent). Generally, the marriage age coincides with the age of majority—the age at which a person is legally an adult and attains rights and privileges such as voting or joining the military—which is 18 years old. In states where the marriage age and age of majority do not coincide, the minors’ marriage emancipates them.

The marriage age in nearly every state is 18. However, most states permit “underage marriage,” or marriage when at least one partner is under the marriage age when there is parental consent, judicial authorization, or when extenuating circumstances are present; the common age range for underage marriage is 15–17.

According to a 2006 Gallup poll, the average age at which respondents said a person should marry was 25 for women and 27 for men. 

Learn for yourself how the marriage age changes by state by scrolling through the charts.

Minimum Marriage Age by State

Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

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Arkansas

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Colorado

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Connecticut

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Delaware

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Florida

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Georgia

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Hawaii

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Idaho

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Illinois

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Indiana

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Iowa

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Kansas

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

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Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

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Michigan

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Minnesota

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Missouri

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Montana

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Nebraska

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Nevada

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New Hampshire

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New Jersey

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New Mexico

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New York

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North Carolina

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North Dakota

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Ohio

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Oklahoma

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Oregon

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Pennsylvania

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Rhode Island

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South Carolina

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South Dakota

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Tennessee

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Texas

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Utah

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Vermont

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Virginia

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Washington

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West Virginia

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Wisconsin

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Wyoming

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