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United States: Highest and Lowest State Ages of Consent

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In the United States, the Age of Consent is set on a state-by-state basis. This means that neighboring states can have different age of consent laws. However, all states have an age of consent that falls within a three-year range.

The highest state Age of Consent in the United States is 18. The Age of Consent is 18 in eleven states – California, New York, Florida, Oregon, Utah, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Vermont, and Delaware.

The lowest state Age of Consent in the United States is 16. This is the most common age of consent, and is adopted by Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

In the states not mentioned, the legal age of consent is 17. Click here to view a map of ages of consent by state.

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