Here’s a map, to visually put that into perspective.
Among the states that have no lower age limit for marriage are California, Maine, Washington, Idaho, Long Island, West Virginia and New Mexico. Other states allow children to get married at age 14 or 16 with parental consent, but these 13 have no lower age limit at all.
Child marriage is increasingly being viewed as a form of child sexual abuse and some international agencies have declared it a human rights violation. Along with the threat of sexual abuse, children may be subject to decreased education, early pregnancies, and psychological trauma.
According to information compiled by the Pew Research Center, child marriage is generally more common in some of the Southern United States. In Texas, for example, almost 40,000 children were married from 2011-2014.
The highest incidences of child marriages are in West Virginia, Florida, Texas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Arkansas, California, Tennessee, and North Carolina, even though some of these states do have lower limits.