Is it easier for a 17-year- old to be emancipated rather than a 16-year-old?

Yes. The one year does make a difference. * Not necessarily. The granting of emancipation rights to a minor is determined by the ability of the person to earn enough income to pay for basic necessities,(housing, utilities, food, clothing medical care, etc.) and to conduct ones affairs without adult assistance. The fact of the matter is, only a few states have grounds and procedures for the emancipation of minors. Even where the laws exist emancipation decrees are very rarely granted. Generally a minor who for whatever reason, can no longer reside in the family home under parental supervision will be made a "ward of the court" and placed in a group or foster home until they reach the state's legal age of majority.