The following chart lists the unrestricted legal age of consent for each of the 50 united states and Washington DC. This means that, at that age, an individual can have sex with whomever they wish as long as that person is consenting and they are the same age or older.

To have sex with someone under the age of consent is a strict liability crime (in most states) known as statutory rape. It is often referred to by other names such as sexual assault, sexual misconduct with a child, etc. In addition to the age of consent, the chart also indicates whether or not there is an age-gap provision for the state.

Many states have age-gap provisions that legalize teen sexuality as long as they are within a certain age range. Other states have "affirmative defense" clauses. In all states, dating, hugging, holding hands and kissing are not illegal. In some states, fondling, groping through the clothes or other such things known as "3rd base" is illegal.

U.S. State Age of Consent Age Gap Provision* Mistake of Age Defense**
Alabama 16 Yes No
Alaska 16 Yes Yes
Arizona 18 No Yes
Arkansas 16 No Yes
California 18 No No
Colorado 17 Yes No
Connecticut 16 Yes No
D.C. 16 Yes No
Delaware 18 Yes No
Florida 18 Yes No


16 Yes No
Hawaii 16 Yes No
Idaho 18 Yes No
Illinois 17 No No
Indiana 16 No Yes
Iowa 16 Yes No
Kansas 16 No No
Kentucky 16 Yes Yes
Louisiana 17 Yes No
Maine 16 Yes Yes
Maryland 16 Yes No
Massachusetts 16 No No
Michigan 16 No No
Minnesota 16 Yes No
Mississippi 16 Yes No
Missouri 17 No Yes
Montana 16 Yes Yes
Nebraska 17 No No
Nevada 16 No No
New Hampshire 16 Yes No
New Jersey 16 Yes No
New Mexico 17 Yes No
New York 17 No Yes
North Carolina 16 Yes No
North Dakota 18 No No
Ohio 16 No No


16 Yes No
Oregon 18 Yes No
Pennsylvania 16 Yes Yes
Rhode Island 16 No No
South Carolina 16 No No
South Dakota 16 No No

18 Yes No


17 No No
Utah 18 Yes No
Vermont 16 Yes No
Virginia 18 No No
Washington 16 Yes Yes
West Virginia 16 Yes Yes
Wisconsin 18 No No
Wyoming 18 Yes Yes

* Note: Some state laws make the age gap less of a crime but still consider it criminal activity that can be prosecuted.;
where this is the case we have listed ‘No’.
** Note: In the absence of an affirmative or negative, we have presumed
the answer to be no. Also, some states only allow mistake of age above a certain

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