Actually there is, it is just not very affordable real estate. I pass lots of real estate on Rt. 15 that would normally be within less than an hour's drive of DC. The 2 problems are the price tag (starting in the low 500's) and the fact traffic congestion turns a 40 minute commute into an hour and half commute.
I didn't say I disapprove of commuting. You asked why it is so important for someone to live relatively close to where they work, I answered it in smart essays. If you don't want to hear the answer, don't ask the question. Just because I don't want to get up before the sun comes up just so I can get to work by the time it has been up for 3 or 4 hours, doesn't mean I'm lazy. The fact I don't want to put up with bumper-to-bumper traffic for 2 hours makes me the total opposite of lazy... I would prefer to spend that time productively at work instead of wasting it sitting in a car doing nothing. And if you do the math, what ever you might save in terms of a dwelling that forces you to commute you will end up losing in gas & car maintenance.
So again I ask you what would you chose given the option... a 20 minute commute or a 2 hour commute? Which would you chose if you could find affordable, decent housing in both places?