Central America

Mexico

Summary

Explore how common child marriage is throughout the country, how levels have changed over time, and how the situation in this country compares to others.

Absolute number

Prevalence

2.3 million

Married by 15: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 15

4%
10.2 million

Married by 18: Number of girls and women (left) and percentage of women 20-24 years (right) married before age 18

21%

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Central America
  • Mexico
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YearCentral AmericaMexico
199320.6%
199722.7%
199821.2%
200223.4%
200321.9%
200724.3%
200822.9%
201225.1%
201322.1%
201723.9%
201820.7%
202222.8%
Child marriage age

Mexico

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Mexico

Child Marriage
Prevalence

Residence

  • Urban
  • Rural
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YearUrbanRural
201817.7%31.2%

Wealth

  • Poorest
  • Second
  • Middle
  • Fourth
  • Richest
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YearPoorestSecondMiddleFourthRichest

Education

  • No schooling
  • Primary education
  • Secondary or higher
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YearNo schoolingPrimary educationSecondary or higher
201838.8%46.0%18.6%
Child marriage age

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Levels of child marriage vary across different parts of Mexico. See the range of values within the country, and explore the map for details.

Prevalence of child marriage

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18% 18% 23% 26% 29% 21% 9% 26% 21% 24% 21% 32% 26% 21% 16% 27% 20% 27% 16% 24% 21% 16% 23% 17% 20% 20% 32% 18% 18% 27% 19% 22%

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2018

Prevalence of child marriage in each region of Mexico in 2018

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YearMexicoAguascalientesBaja CaliforniaBaja California SurCampecheChiapasChihuahuaCiudad De MéxicoCoahuila De ZaragozaColimaDurangoGuanajuatoGuerreroHidalgoJaliscoMéxicoMichoacán De OcampoMorelosNayaritNuevo LeónOaxacaPueblaQuerétaroQuintana RooSan Luis PotosíSinaloaSonoraTabascoTamaulipasTlaxcalaVeracruz De Ignacio De La LlaveYucatánZacatecas
20.7%17.5%18.0%22.5%26.1%29.4%20.9%8.9%26.4%20.8%23.5%21.0%31.9%25.7%20.6%16.2%27.4%19.9%26.6%15.6%23.9%20.6%15.7%23.4%17.4%20.4%20.2%31.8%17.9%18.3%26.8%19.4%22.3%
Child marriage age

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How does Mexico compare to other countries?

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How does Mexico compare to other countries?

Prevalence of child marriage

  • Mexico
Child marriage age
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YearMexico
199320.6%
199821.2%
200321.9%
200822.9%
201322.1%
201820.7%

Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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Residence

Child marriage prevalence

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CountryUrbanRuralTotal prevalence
Mexico17.7%31.2%20.7%
Perspective
Child marriage age

For more data related to child marriage, please see the child marriage country profiles available on the UNICEF Data website

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