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How old do you have to be to move out?

It is an unfortunate fact that many people start thinking of moving out of their parents' house long before they should have to. So it is not surprising that that one of the most commonly asked questions about moving out and living with roommates is "how old do you have to be to move out?". Since we occasionally get this question here at Friends With Beds we put together this chart for your reference.

Of course we are not lawyers and none of this is legal advice, laws may be interpreted differently from one city or police jurisdiction to the next.

In the United States age of adulthood (or as it is also known Age of Majority) is determined by state rather than federal law and is thus different from state to state. For example Arkansas, Nevada and Ohio define an adult as a person 18 years of age or a high school graduate. Georgia and Texas define adults as being over 17. Connecticut defines a "child" or "youth" as anyone under the age of 16. South Carolina and Mississippi have the highest ages of majority at 21.

The following age the ages of adulthood in each state:

State Majority Age
Alabama 18
Alaska 18
Arizona 18
Arkansas 18 or graduation from high school
California 18
Colorado 18
Connecticut 18
Delaware 19
District of Columbia 18
Florida 18
Georgia 18
Hawaii 18
Idaho 18
Illinois 18
Indiana 18
Iowa 18
Kansas 18
Kentucky 18
Louisiana 18
Maine 18
Maryland 18
Massachusetts 18
Michigan 18
Minnesota 18
Missouri 18
Mississippi 21
Montana 18
Nebraska 19
New Hampshire 18
New Mexico 18
Nevada 18 or graduation from high school
New Jersey 18
New York 18
North Carolina 18
North Dakota 18
Ohio 18 or graduation from high school
Oklahoma 18
Oregon 18
Pennsylvania 18
Rhode Island 18
South Carolina 18
South Dakota 18
Tennessee 18 or graduation from high school
Texas 18
Utah 18 or graduation from high school
Vermont 18
Virginia 18 or graduation from high school
Washington 18
West Virginia 18
Wisconsin 18 or graduation from high school
Wyoming 18